Angelina Jolie Sued Over Plot Of In The Land Of Blood And Honey

January 5, 2012 by staff 

Angelina Jolie Sued Over Plot Of In The Land Of Blood And Honey, Angelina Jolie and the producers of her directorial debut, “In the Land of Blood and Honey,” plagiarized the work of Croatian journalist and author Josip J. Knezevic to make the film’s screenplay, Knezevic claims in a complaint in U.S. District Court in Chicago.

The local law firm of Belongia Shapiro Franklin filed the suit last week using Knezevic’s Anglicized name, Joseph J. Braddock.

Knezevic did meet with Jolie’s producer, Edin Sarkic (also named in the suit), but Jolie told Sun-Era contributor Cindy Pearlman that the film’s script was really her work.

“I sat down one day frustrated, having met so many people in post-traumatic stress situations, and wrote a tale reflecting on it. I didn’t plot on writing a script or a movie. I wanted to place my thoughts on paper regarding a situation not discussed enough. This was my tale … a like tale that I wrote,” said Jolie.

†A source close to the Academy Award winner said Tuesday, “When Angie sets her mind on doing a touch – like this extremely challenging project – she will charge ahead. She will not be deterred by a touch like this [complaint].”

While Jolie’s camp claims Knezevic’s allegations are meritless, Showbiz 411′s Roger Friedman points out it is unusual for someone to sue over a film previous to it opens (Jan. 6 in Chicago) when its financial profitability is unknown.

In the case of this movie – shot both in the Bosnian foreign language and in English – it’s implicit it will have limited appeal and make relatively modest money.

†One defendant named in the suit is the FilmDistrict production company, an Illinois corporation – another reason for the filing in the federal court for the Northern District of Illinois.

STAGE SET: Tony winner and TV star Denis O’Hare (“Right Blood,” “American Horror Tale”) was in town this week to see Court Theatre’s production of “An Iliad,” O’Hare’s the boards adaptation of Homer’s classic – and to stay with Court’s artistic director Charles Newell and the play’s star, Timothy Edward Kane.

†Cast members of Porchlight Music Theatre’s upcoming Chicago premiere of “A Catered Affair” – including Rebecca Finnegan and Jerry O’Boyle – caught Broadway legend Belief Prince’s recent concert performance in Evanston. Prince starred in the original Broadway run of John Bucchino and Harvey Fierstein’s “A Catered Affair.”

HOLIDAY MEMORIES: Peter Billingsley, who always will be treasured as Ralphie in “A Christmas Tale,” has loaned Macy’s some props from that holiday classic to help promote his producing “A Christmas Tale, The Musical!”

Among the items in the State Street store’s windows are the well-known bunny suit and cowboy attire worn by Billingsley in the film, plus the Red Ryder BB gun and the original film’s clapboard.

FAMILY FIRST: Oscar-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody (“Juno”) isn’t just facing the opening Friday of her newest scripting effort, “Young Adult” – directed by Jason Reitman and starring Charlize Theron. She also is dealing with the relocation of her parents, Pam and Greg Busey, from the Chicago suburbs to a place down the street from the L.A. home Cody shares with husband Daniel Maurio and their new son, Marcello.

“It’s so amusing to see my dad, who’s this lifetime Midwesterner, adapting to his new surroundings,” Cody told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. “He’s already got a goatee.”

NO SHOW: Due to a last-minute potential television opportunity, the Dec. 18 performance of “Insignia of Christmas,” featuring Peabo Bryson, Jennifer Holliday, Lea Salonga and Ben Vereen, has been canceled. Refunds are available at point of buy.

SEEN ON THE SCENE: Bears offensive guard Chris Williams may have had his arm in a cast, but that didn’t seem to slow down his ability to chow down on a feast at Joe’s Stone Crab – including a colossal crab cake, New York strip steak, fried chicken, mashed potatoes and hash browns! … Separately, Bears coach Lovie Smith and QB Caleb Hanie also were spied recently at Joe’s. … Mayor Rahm Emanuel lunched at Puck’s Cafe at the Museum of Contemporary Art with his cultural affairs commissioner, Michelle Boone, and checked out the new “Sonic Arboretum” exhibit by indie rocker Andrew Bird and inventor Ian Schneller.

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