French Court Delays 'Syriana' Hearing

A French court has delayed a hearing on a lawsuit filed by a screenwriter who alleges the complex global thriller "Syriana" was largely plagiarized from her script.

George Clooney won a best-supporting actor Oscar for his portrayal of a veteran CIA officer in the 2005 film.

A preliminary hearing on the lawsuit filed by Stephanie Vergniault that had been set for Monday was rescheduled to May 29 for procedural reasons, officials said.

The lawsuit targets Clooney's production company, Section Eight, which he formed with director Steven Soderbergh; Warner Bros.; and "Syriana" writer-director Stephen Gaghan.

Vergniault has said she wants 35 percent of the movie's earnings in France and the United States. She claims "Syriana" borrowed "very largely" from a script she completed in 2002.

Titled "Oversight," her story line involves CIA intrigues with oil companies in the Persian Gulf, according to the court filing.