Croatian journalist James Braddock claims the Oscar-winning actress’ upcoming directorial debut, In the Land of Blood and Honey, is based on his book, The Subject Work, which he published in 2007.
In a lawsuit filed, Braddock claims he met with producer Edin Sarkic — who is now working on Angelina’s movie — several times throughout 2008 to discuss the possibility of his book being adapted for the big screen.
He maintains the pair talked about the details of the book, which documents the love story between a female prisoner and a Serbian soldier.
A judge will now have to determine whether “the claimed obvious similarities meet the high threshold needed to prove copyright infringement”.
Braddock is seeking an injunction to block the film’s scheduled release on December 23, as well as unspecified damages.
This is the latest blow for Angelina, as she and partner Brad Pitt are also being sued for $87,566 in an unfair dismissal case by their former secretary Ana Charlotiaux.