Cussler's sales claims undermined in trial - Los Angeles TimesHe worked up to the status of Sergeant while he was in the Air Force and served as an aircraft mechanic as well as a flight engineer working in various capacities for air transport services. Upon being discharged from the military he worked as a copywriter and then took a position with two ad agencies where he was the creative director. During his time with the ad agencies, Cussler wrote and produced numerous television and radio commercials which won several international awards. One of these awards was given at the prominent Cannes Film Festival. In , Cussler began working on his first Dirk Pitt novel and published it in the year He released The Sea Hunters, his first non fiction work, was published in This was highly unusual since the college had not bestowed such a degree since its founding in
For years, author Clive Cussler has boasted on his website that his Dirk Pitt adventure series sold more than million books. He made the same claim in a legal document signed under penalty of perjury. But when pressed Friday on the witness stand, Cussler acknowledged he had been warned in the late s that the million number was unreliable. In fact, an extensive audit presented as evidence last week during a Hollywood breach-of-contract trial revealed that the actual number of Cussler books sold through was at most 42 million. It also raises questions about the authenticity of sales data used in entertainment industry negotiations to justify lucrative adaptation fees paid to famous authors.
For years, author Clive Cussler has boasted on his website that his Dirk number of Cussler books sold through was at most 42 million.
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Clive Eric Cussler born July 15, is an American adventure novelist and underwater explorer. His thriller novels, many featuring the character Dirk Pitt , have reached The New York Times fiction best-seller list more than 20 times. - This is a list of best-selling fiction authors to date, in any language.
The complex ruling left open the possibility that Cussler could end up pocketing more than he pays out. Jurors heard 14 weeks of testimony and deliberated for eight days in the multimillion-dollar dispute between Cussler and the company over the action-adventure film. His fiance, Janet Horvath, stood holding his hand. Crusader countersued, accusing Cussler of duping it into adapting his book into a film based on an inflated number of novels he had sold over his lifetime. The company also said Cussler clashed with a fleet of screenwriters brought in to polish the script, tried to get producers to accept his screenplay version and bad-mouthed the film before its April release. The case hinged on two key points: what rights were given to Cussler and which side first acted in bad faith. Cussler maintained the contract gave him sole and absolute rights over the screenplay and a less-authoritative consulting role once filming began.
While not necessarily as well known as Tom Clancy or Michael Crichton , Clive Cussler has for many years been one of the acknowledged masters of techno-fiction, a genre that blends science fiction, spy novels, and adventure stories. While someone like Crichton has become renowned for the realism and meticulous attention to detail that characterizes his works, Clive Cussler has made a name for himself over the course of more than 70 books by emphasizing the sort of swashbuckling, credulity-defying adventure that can be traced back to Robert Louis Stevenson and others. Here are five interesting facts about him. But his interest extends beyond the fictional, and it has led to his creation of the National Underwater and Marine Agency NUMA , a non-profit dedicated to discovering and studying shipwrecks. At least, his first name. In fact, the adaptation of his novel Sahara was so poorly received that he was sued by the film studio that produced it.