The movie version of hit book The Da Vinci Code is at the centre of a copyright wrangle - after claims the story was copied from another book.

The Dan Brown bestseller, which has been adapted for the big screen by Ron Howard, has been slammed by Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh and HENRY LINCOLN - the authors of The Holy Blood And The Holy Grail.

The writing trio insist their work has been ripped off - and are seeking $17 million (GBP10 million) in compensation.

The case begins on Monday (27FEB06).