Despite the popularity of his novels, so far only two movies have been filmed based on Clive Cussler’s books – Raise The Titanic! and Sahara.
Raise The Titanic (the movie didn’t include the exclamation point) was released in 1980 after spending a budget of $40 million – a huge sum for those days.
Unfortunately the movie was a flop at the box office, with Cussler being unhappy with the way that the story was adapted for the big screen. He therefore refused to sell the rights to create any more movies based on his stories for several years.
He eventually relented and allowed a movie starring Matthew McConaughey and Penelope Cruz to be made based on Sahara. This came out in 2005 but Cussler sued the filmmakers, believing that they had breached their contract.
The filmmakers counter-sued, claiming that he had blackmailed them and sabotaged the filming of the movie. The jury ruled against Cussler and he was ordered by the judge to pay the filmmakers close to $20 million, although this was later overturned.
If you’d like to see the two movies that have been made, you can watch these on Amazon using the links below.