'Sahara' lawsuit costs Clive Cussler $14 million

Best-selling author Clive Cussler was ordered by a Los Angeles SuperiorCourt judge to pay $13.9 million in legal fees to the productioncompany that adapted his novel Sahara into one of 2005’s biggest flops. In 2004, Cussler had suedCrusader Entertainment, claiming breach of contract after the companyneglected to give him final approval on the film’s script. The MatthewMcConaughey starrer, which cost $160 million to make, earned just $119million worldwide. Crusader countersued Cussler, charging that theprolific author had inflated reports of his books’ sales whenoriginally negotiating the contract. A jury in 2007 agreed withCrusader. Cussler’s lawyer, Bert Fields, said he would appeal thejudge’s ruling.

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  • Joe K

    Too bad for Mr. Cussler. I am an avid fan, the movie had little resemblance to the core plot of the novel and most of the characters in the movie appeared to be there simply for comic relief.

  • Sean

    I completely agree with Joe K. Clive didn’t deserve to lose the lawsuit. Although I am a little confused about the events concerning the trial, all I can say is that it should not have ended how it did.
    Clive was completely right to sue the producers for a bad film adaptation of the movie. The plot was totally off-key as it was centered more on the damn coins than the red algae growth. The actors did NOT represent their roles as Giordino was supposed to be a walking muscleman, Sandecker with flaming red hair and a matching red Vandyke beard, and Pitt with a rugged outdoorsy look.
    I just don’t see why the producers couldn’t make the movie like the book. Yes, it would be a long movie but edit out extra events and it would fit the time allotment.
    I can honestly say that Clive Cussler should be reaping the benefits of the case, and not the idiotic producers of the movie.

  • Nick Kitt

    What everyone fails to realize is that all the changes in the film were approved by Cussler as well as the actors portraying Dirk,Al,and Sandecker.The actors were what Cussler wanted. Also, Cussler failed to live up to his end of the contract and the jury agreed. Cussler was given every opportunity to be part of the creative process of the film, but he refused. Cussler has no one to blame but himself and he deserved to lose the case and ,naturally, the jury thought so and found him guilty and liable. Cussler is, and was, the idiot here,not Bristol Bay.

  • Mungo

    When Raise the Titantic was a flop, Cussler said he would never make another movie.He should have listened to himself. .

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