Angelina Jolie wins 'Blood and Honey' copyright infringement suit
Angelina Jolie did not steal the story for her movie "In the Land of Blood and Honey," according to a recent ruling in a lawsuit that accused the actress of copyright infringement.
A federal judge ruled against author James Braddock, who accused Jolie, and the production company that made "In the Land of Blood and Honey," of copying elements from his 2007 book "The Soul Shattering," according to Variety. Jolie wrote the script for the film.
U.S. District Judge Dolly M. Gee wrote in a ruling that the film and the book did not have "substantial similarity."
"In the Land of Blood and Honey," was the first feature film that Jolie wrote and directed. The R-rated movie was about a Serbian man and a Bosnian woman who fall in love at the time of the Bosnian war in the 1990s and stars local actors Zana Marjanovic and Goran Kostic.
Braddock, a Bosnian-Croatian journalist and author, outlined some of the similarities between the two works in his 2011 legal filing, including the fact that "the main female character is subjected to abuse and rape by soldiers and officers in the camp."
The previously pending lawsuit did not infringe on Jolie's plans to work on another film. In late February, it was reported that the Oscar-winning brothers Joel and Ethan Coen were hired to rewrite the script to "Unbroken," a film that will be directed by Jolie.
The movie is based on a 2010 book by the same name written by Laura Hillenbrand. It tells the story of World War II hero Louis Zamperini.
Jolie will next appear on screen in the film "Maleficent," which is set for release on July 2, 2014.
The live-action 3D movie explores the origins of Maleficent, an evil sorceress and the main villain in the 1959 Disney animated movie "Sleeping Beauty." Jolie's youngest daughter, Vivienne Jolie-Pitt, will be making her big screen debut in the film.