"Kingdom of Heaven" Sparks Copyright Controversy

Kingdom of Heaven, the historical epic about the Third Crusade scheduled to be released this spring, is the subject of a copyright controversy in which author James Reston Jr. accused film director Ridley Scott of stealing his research.

Scott has received a letter from lawyers representing the author, accusing him of using Reston's research in the screenplay of the film. Scott denies that he has read the book.