Croatian journalist James J. Braddock recently filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Angelina Jolie, alleging she based a screenplay on his 2007 novel, “The Soul Shattering.”
The film, “In the Land of Blood and Honey,” will be Jolie’s writing and directorial debut, and is slated for a December 23 release.
Braddock, whose real name is Josip J. Knezevic, says that he spoke and met with Edin Sarkic, who is producing “In the Land of Blood and Honey,” several times in 2008 to discuss his novel being adapted into a film. Sarkic, who is also named the lawsuit, also allegedly helped Jolie attain the permits to film the movie in Sarajevo.
Jolie responded to Braddock’s lawsuit by saying that she has never seen nor read Braddock’s book.
“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,” Jolie told the Los Angeles Times film blog, 24 Frames.
Jolie acknowledged that she had drawn inspiration from books by journalists such as Tom Gjelten and Peter Maass.
The movie, which is a love story between a Serbian soldier and Bosnian captive, is set during the 1990s Bosnian War.