Angelina Jolie is being sued by a Croatian journalist over her upcoming film, In the Land of Blood and Honey, just two weeks before the film is due to reach cinemas.
It seems to be one hurdle after another for the actress’ first directorial attempt. In the Land of Blood and Honey first encountered major problems during filming last year, when Bosnian officials withdrew Jolie‘s permit after accusations that the film would feature a Bosnian woman falling in love with her Serbian rapist.
Eventually, only three days of filming took place in Bosnia itself, even after Jolie and her team proved that there was no rape scene, and their license was reinstated.
However, it seems that the film may face further delays, if Croatian journalist James Braddock is successful with the complaint which he has recently filed at a court in Illinois. Braddock claims that the script for Jolie’s film, written by Jolie herself, was based upon his 2007 book, The Soul Shattering.
More than just a case of coincidental plot similarities, Braddock argues that he approached the film’s executive producer, Edin Sarkic, about the possibility of turning his book into a film, back in 2007. The author also claims that he met with Sarkic on several occasions to discuss the book, as well as sharing email and phone correspondences, before learning that the film was being made without his involvement.
Although Jolie denies the allegations, the film’s release could be blocked, or at least significantly delayed, if there proves to be any truth in Braddock’s claims. In the Land of Blood and Honey, a love story between a Serbian soldier and a female Bosnian prisoner of war, was due to for release in the US on 23rd December this year.
The film already received its New York première last night, which was attended by the cast, as well as Jolie and partner Brad Pitt. Jolie’s brother, James Haven, was also in attendance, but the pair kept their distance – unlike the pair’s post-Oscars appearance back in 2000, where their red carpet kiss sparked controversy after Jolie announced that she was “just so in love with my brother right now” during her acceptance speech.
In the Land of Blood and Honey does not yet have a UK release date, but we’ll keep you posted!