Two weeks before her directorial debut hits cinemas, Angelina Jolie is being sued by a Croatian journalist who claims she stole her ideas from his book and is trying to block the films release. James Braddock, who was born Josip Kneevic, is seeking an emergency injunction to prevent In the Land of Blood and Honey from reaching theatres. In a complaint filed in an Illinois court, Mr Braddock argues that when Miss Jolie wrote the script she took the story of two young lovers caught on opposing sides during the Bosnian civil war from his 2007 book The Soul Shattering. He claims that in late 2007 he visited Bosnia to promote humanitarian causes and while there was approached by Miss Jolies executive producer, Edin Sarkic, who said that he had read the book and was eager to discuss it. According to papers filed with the court, the two men met three times and talked about plot and character development and the storys cultural significance and historical accuracy. The author claims that they emailed and spoke on the phone for over a year and that he was shocked to learn that a film was being made without his involvement. Mr Sarkic is named as a defendant in the lawsuit along with Miss Jolie and three film companies involved in the production. Miss Jolie denies the allegations and in a letter to Mr Braddock her representatives insisted she had never read his book. We must therefore insist that you immediately cease your harassment of anyone connected with the picture, including Miss Jolie, they said. TG