Angelina Jolie plays down lawsuit against 'In The Land of Blood & Honey'
While Angelina Jolie's new movie In The Land of Blood & Honey is sure to be a holiday crowd pleaser -- because who doesn't enjoy tales about Serbian army officers charged with guarding their former Bosnian Muslim lovers in internment camps during the Balkan War? -- at least one writer is suing mad, saying Angie stole the idea from his book. Her reaction: Eh, it's no big deal.
Croatian journalist James Braddock (please, no Missing in Action jokes) filed a lawsuit in Illinois this week claiming he spoke to producer Eden Sarkic by phone and email as far back as 2007. He says the movie that Angelina has directed is a ripoff of his own book, A Soul Shattering, so he wants an injunction to prevent the film's Dec. 23 release.
"It's par for the course. It happens on almost every film," Jolie told 24Frames.com. She admits she culled ideas from other books by journalists Peter Maass and Tom Gjelten, but not Braddock's. "There are many books and documentaries that I did pull from. It's a combination of many people's stories. But that particular book I've never seen."
The Juice* isn't a Communications Law expert, but we seem to remember a modicum of responsibility being on an artist to be aware of other works of the same genre. Maybe one of you legal eagle Juice*heads can help us out. Meanwhile, it does stand to reason that the movie's scenario would be a fairly universal concept. Whether audiences will be able to distinguish the vagaries of such a convoluted conflict remains to be seen.
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