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.
Posted March 11 2009 — 9:29 AM EDT
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