Uh oh. If a French screenwriter is telling the truth, Stephen Gaghan might be about to find himself in some very hot legal water. According to Stephanie Vergniault, whose case against Gaghan, Warner Brothers, and Section Eight (George Clooney and Steven Soderbergh's production company) will be heard in a Paris court on Monday, "At least 15 to 20 scenes of [Syriana] -- the characters and how they develop, creative elements, the entire structure -- [have] been lifted directly" from a screenplay she wrote and copyrighted in 2004.

The reason no one heard about this sooner is because Vergniault, who is "a specialist on geopolitics in the Middle East," has been living in Jordan, away from the latest Hollywood releases. She says she only saw the film after a friend in LA mentioned the similarities between it and her work and now, sister, she is pissed off.

Hmm. Do you think that best original screenplay nomination of Gaghan's will quietly disappear if the suit is proved to have merit?