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Title: Dirk Pitt Readers
Post by: SecretAgentSuperDragon on January 26, 2007, 07:03:21 PM
Any Clive Cusller/Dirk Pitt fans out there. I own almost every single book, and they're just great adventure novels. Much better than Ian Fleming or Robert Ludlum's stuff in my opinion.
Title: Re: Dirk Pitt Readers
Post by: mrbasehart on January 27, 2007, 09:39:04 AM
Y'know, I tried to get a couple of the Dirk Pitt novels, but when I went to the bookshop, there were an absolute ton.  I had no idea which ones to start with.  But he's got be pretty good to be better than the Bond novels.
Title: Re: Dirk Pitt Readers
Post by: SecretAgentSuperDragon on January 27, 2007, 09:57:19 AM
Oh yeah. There just a blast to read. His very first novel was Pacific Vortex, back in like 1968. Then it goes on down the line to The Mediterranean Caper, Iceberg, Raise The Titanic, bla bla bla.

Sahara is really good, and so is Raise the Titanic. Night Probe is pretty cool because it's basically about Dirk Pitt versus James Bond(It doesn't directly say it's James, but they tell the readers that he goes by the name Brian Shaw because his cover was blown at MI6 a while ago.)
Any of those three are very well recommended if you like adventure books.
Title: Re: Dirk Pitt Readers
Post by: MarkAndrew on January 31, 2007, 01:48:29 PM
That's Dirk Pitt (TM), and don't you forget it!
Title: Re: Dirk Pitt Readers
Post by: Bob on February 01, 2007, 05:53:18 AM
Speaking off.....

Trial set in legal dustup over `Sahara' By GREG RISLING, Associated Press Writer
Thu Feb 1, 5:13 AM ET

LOS ANGELES - A Hollywood partnership between best-selling author Clive Cussler and Denver billionaire Philip Anschutz had the potential to spawn a lucrative action-film franchise such as the "Indiana Jones" series. Instead, the collaboration went sour and led them to a California court room.

Anschutz gave Cussler creative control a rarity in Hollywood over films based on his books featuring his fictional alter ego, Dirk Pitt.

In return, the writer would be paid $10 million for each book that became a movie and receive consultation and approval rights.

The good will between the two, however, ended in a dustup during the production of "Sahara," starring        Matthew McConaughey and        Penelope Cruz. Cussler claimed the adaptation of his book was ruined by bad scripts. Anschutz countered the author was irrational and difficult.

The two are now in court, accusing one another in dueling lawsuits of crippling the 2005 film, which grossed about $68 million at the U.S. box office.

Jury selection is under way in the trial that will include both lawsuits, with opening statements expected late this week. Both sides are seeking millions of dollars in general and punitive damages.

McConaughey and executives connected with the movie are on the witness list.

The trial could explore intriguing details about the moviemaking process that are usually kept behind studio gates. There are claims of sabotage, racism and unnecessary spending on replacement scriptwriters.

The relationship between Cussler and Anschutz started amicably. In a deposition, Anschutz said he liked Cussler's novels because they were family friendly.

In his lawsuit filed in January 2004 against Anschutz's Crusader Entertainment, Cussler said the deal was breached when the "Sahara" screenplay was altered without his written consent.

"This case involves Crusader Entertainment's misrepresenting its intentions, misleading the public, breaking its word and claiming valuable rights in Clive Cussler's novels to which it is not entitled," Cussler's lawsuit states.

"A fundamental part of the deal was to have Mr. Cussler approve the screenplay," attorney Bert Fields, who represents Cussler, said outside court on Wednesday.

In his countersuit, Anschutz said his company gave Cussler certain approval rights regarding the screenplay and selection of actors and directors, but the author didn't cooperate.

The lawsuit portrays Cussler as an obstructive presence, rejecting numerous revisions of the screenplay and bashing the film in the media before it was released.

"He delayed production of `Sahara,' markedly increased its costs and harmed its commercial prospects," the lawsuit said.

Cussler told the Denver Post in December 2003 that the "Sahara" scripts were "garbage," and all seven he had received were thrown in the trash, according to the countersuit.

Anschutz also claimed that Cussler made racist comments about Jews and blacks before the film was made. Cussler denied the accusations.

Lawyer Marvin Putnam, who represents Anschutz's company, also claimed Cussler misled the moviemakers about the popularity of the books.

"This case is about fraud, pure and simple from the get-go," Putnam said. "We only discovered after the movie came out that the fan base didn't exist."

Called the "Grandmaster of Adventure," Cussler, 75, has written 19 books that have sold tens of millions of copies. His novels feature Pitt, a scruffy thrill seeker with an affinity for shipwrecks and classic cars much like his creator.

One of Cussler's books, "Raise the Titanic!" was made for the big screen in 1980, starring Jason Robards, but didn't do well at the box office.

Anschutz, 67, who made his fortune from oil and railroad holdings, helped build the fiber-optic network company Qwest Communications. He retired as the company's director last year to focus on his growing private empire.

Among his holdings are Regal Cinemas, one of the nation's largest movie-theater chains, several Major League Soccer teams, and controlling interest in the Staples Center and the Home Depot Center sports and entertainment venues, both in the Los Angeles area.

His film collaborations have largely been successful as well. Anschutz Film Group is the umbrella for two film companies. Bristol Bay Productions, which was created from Crusader Entertainment, is responsible for the 2004 hit "Ray." Walden Media made the 2005 fantasy "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe."

"Narnia," based on the series written by C.S. Lewis, has made more than $1 billion worldwide. A sequel is expected in 2008.

Title: Re: Dirk Pitt Readers
Post by: mrbasehart on February 01, 2007, 08:04:13 AM
Interesting article, PSLOwner, thanks.  It'll be fascinating to see what is said at the trial.
Title: Re: Dirk Pitt Readers
Post by: Bob on February 01, 2007, 09:40:45 AM
Interesting article, PSLOwner, thanks.  It'll be fascinating to see what is said at the trial.

Maybe they could combine this trial with "The Island/Klonus" trial, put it on PPV and see how many of us MST3K/Rifftrax geeks buy it.   I know I would. 
Title: Re: Dirk Pitt Readers
Post by: sarcasm_made_Easy on February 01, 2007, 09:49:45 AM
I hope the author wins it all.  it would be a nice blow against crappy scripts :)
Title: Re: Dirk Pitt Readers
Post by: SecretAgentSuperDragon on February 01, 2007, 02:28:34 PM
The script did truly sucked. The only thing the movie had to do with the book was a General Kazim, Dirk Pitt, Al Giordino (who in the books is a 5'4" italian bull of a man, not Steve Zahn) the raising of a Egyptian tomb, and a French business man poisoning the world's water supply with red tide. I would say as a comparison, the movie stays about 15% true to the book. The movie even left out two huge storylines. Very dissapointing.

Plus, McConaughey as Pitt, COME ON! Cussler actually wanted Hugh Jackman, but I guess "Creative Control" was just a title. I would love to see him get the money, but I would also like to see the Dirk Pitt series revived into actually good movies that stay between 90-100% true to the books.
Title: Re: Dirk Pitt Readers
Post by: SaucyRossy on February 04, 2007, 01:46:50 AM
Wow Hugh Jackman as Dirk Pitt is actually a casting of Hugh that I would like. I am a huge fan of the books though I have only read a couple of them. They are really fun pickup books, not much thinking involved when you read them and you can fly threw them.

My favorite so far is "Atlantis Found" but it's mainly because I love the idea of Atlantis more than anything.
Title: Re: Dirk Pitt Readers
Post by: SecretAgentSuperDragon on February 04, 2007, 10:27:08 AM
My favorite is probably Night Probe because it had a really interesting and fascinating plot that I don't wanna spoil for no one.