My original inspiration was based on fantasy and desire to see the world's most famous ship brought up from the seabed and towed into New York Harbor, completing her maiden voyage begun three quarters of a century before. Fortunately, it was a fantasy shared by millions of her devoted fans.
- Clive Cussler

cover75aIn 1975, Viking Publishing released the novel, "Raise the Titanic!" written by a yet to be known author, Clive Cussler.  It was the fourth book in his Dirk Pitt® underwater adventures.  The adventures of Dirk Pitt® are based on a government agency, The National Underwater & Marine Agency (NUMA), led by Dirk Pitt® and his companions Albert Giordino, Rudi Gunn and his commanding Officer Admiral James Sandecker.  In their adventures, they come face to face with some of the worlds most notorious villains who will stop at nothing to achieve their evil & vicious goals. Dirk Pitt® has been called the American James Bond. He's tall, dark and ruggedly handsome; strong but not muscle bound. Incredibly bright and with a great sense of humor; has a variety of interests (like his creator!).

Raise the Titanic also was published by the Universal Press Syndicate into a serialized comic strip in the late summer of 1977.  Illustrated by the renown illustrator Frank Bolle, the strip was syndicated in every major paper across the country.

dvdposter_smAnd on August 1, 1980, Raise the Titanic was released nationwide as a major motion picture starring Jason Robards, Richard Jordan, David Selby, Anne Archer & Alec Guinness.  The film was the most expensive film at that time at a cost of around $30 million.  Unfortunately, the film was a major flop at the box office, recouping only about $7 million.  Even Lord Grade, the president of ITC, the company that filmed the picture, claimed "It would have been cheaper to lower the Atlantic.".

A year after the film was released, Clive Cussler saw the film, "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and almost cried after watching the picture.  The manner in which Spielberg produced a fast-paced, nail-biting adventure was how he had envisioned the Pitt movie that he never got.  Up to this point, he had vowed never to release any of his novels again as a motion picture until he got cast & script approval.

Clive Cussler was once asked, When will there be another Dirk Pitt® Adventure?  And he responded back by saying, "People often wonder why I’ve never sold another book to Hollywood.  My response is “Not after the way they botched up Raise The Titanic!”  The screenwriting was simply awful, the direction was amateurish and even the editing was pathetic.  Only John Barry’s musical score and the special effects were first rate.  I’m not looking for a blockbuster motion picture, but I’m hoping for a production of quality, more of a classic then a run-of-the-mill car chase with special-effects explosions every five minutes."

In 2005, Clive Cussler's novel, "Sahara", was turned into a major motion picture starring Matthew McConaughey, Penelope Cruz, Steve Zahn, William H. Macy , Rainn Wilson. Delroy Lindo & Lenny James.

Unfortunately, like "Raise the Titanic", the film flopped due to a bad screenplay and horrible production. The film itself was a shell of the novel.