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THIS UNNAMED GEOLOGICAL formation is the likely result of wind, rain and time eroading away surface material to expose what at one time would have lava (magma) that had cooled and solidified. Copyright © 2010 by DL Tolleson. All Rights Reserved.
COMING INTO OR out of the Chisos Mountains, this is the northwest view and is several miles south of Panther Junction and the headquarters for Big Bend National Park. Copyright © 2010 by DL Tolleson. All Rights Reserved.
THE CLARET CUP is covered in barbed spines and blooms a reddish, cup-shaped flower from about April to June or July in Big Bend National Park. Copyright © 2010 by DL Tolleson. All Rights Reserved.
THIS VIEW FROM a formation called, “The Window,” looks out from the westside of the Chisos Mountains in Big Bend National Park. Copyright © 2010 by DL Tolleson. All Rights Reserved.
INDIAN HEAD MOUNTAIN and its southern region offers this “leaning” wall of geology at the western boundary of Big Bend National Park. The rocks of the foreground are boulders ranging from man-sized on up. Copyright © 2010 by DL Tolleson. All Rights Reserved.
MASSIVE AND TOWERING, this wall of the geology is at least a couple of hundrend feet high and situated in the Indian Head area of Big Bend National Park. Copyright © 2010 by DL Tolleson. All Rights Reserved.
WIDE-OPEN PANORAMAS and mountainous terrain such as this are routine along roadside in Big Bend National Park. Copyright © 2010 by DL Tolleson. All Rights Reserved.
THE SOUTHWEST SIDE of the Chisos Mountains, also known as the Chisos Mountain Basin and home to the lodge in Big Bend National Park. Copyright © 2011 by DL Tolleson. All Rights Reserved.
A FALLEN TREE is an impassable barrier in an otherwise debris-free dry riverbed in Big Bend National Park. Copyright © 2010 by DL Tolleson. All Rights Reserved.
INDIGENOUS TO TEXAS, New Mexico and Arizona, Javelinas in Big Bend National Park genetically differ from swine. Copyright © 2010 by DL Tolleson. All Rights Reserved.
LOST MINE TRAIL in Big Bend National Park, looking southward over Juniper Canyon, the Chisos Mountain’s Northeast Rim and into Mexico. Copyright © 2010 by DL Tolleson. All Rights Reserved.
A TREE SILHOUETTED against the night sky as seen from Chisos Basin in Big Bend National Park. Copyright © 2010 by DL Tolleson. All Rights Reserved.
THIS VIEW EAST of a volcano is an illusion of the setting sun streaming through the Chisos Basin area behind Casa Grande Peak in Big Bend National Park. Copyright © 2010 by DL Tolleson. All Rights Reserved.
WRIGHT MOUNTAIN in background at Big Bend National Park. Copyright © 2010 by DL Tolleson. All Rights Reserved.
A VIEW WESTWARD after sundown from the Indian Head area of Big Bend National Park. Copyright © 2010 by DL Tolleson. All Rights Reserved.
A CAMERA COMPENSATION for the limited light after sundown provides this view westward from the Indian Head area of Big Bend National Park. Copyright © 2010 by DL Tolleson/Camera One. All Rights Reserved.
SANTA ELENA CANYON after sunset, as seen from the Chimneys in Big Bend National Park. Copyright © 2010 by DL Tolleson/Camera One. All Rights Reserved.

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The Great American Novel Blog

DECEMBER 2002

We can call this a “film industry close encounter.” An arrangement through an acquaintance that was friends with a movie producer who in turn was to forward a promotional package to a William Morris agent, fell though. We never heard back from the phone messages to the agent.

If you’re wondering “how difficult could it be to sell rights to a novel,” consider this: After an abysmal movie called Raise The Titanic, writer Clive Cussler refused to sell his movie rights until granted script and actor approval. He finally got that and in 2001 I read that Hugh Jackman was slated to play Cussler’s hero, Dirk Pitt. But when I attended a Fort Worth appearance by Cussler in early December of 2002, I learned that Jackman had skipped off to do Broadway and script adaptations had flopped. Furthermore, Tom Cruise had expressed interest without any follow-up. So, here we have an established Author with one movie under his belt and all his ducks in a row. What happens? Nothing. If Cussler can get that sort of run-around, I may be in for a long voyage.

Rest assured that I am doing everything I can to bring this to fruition, and I appreciate all the support and interest.

Update (2005)

The Cussler novel involved with all this was Sahara. After a long pre-production effort, the producers and Cussler settled upon Mathew McConnaughey for the lead—which wasn’t Cussler’s first choice. And after all these years of waiting to be in control, the authority for which Cussler had so long held out was wrest from him (I’m not sure how). Still, somehow or another, the producers managed to complete the project and have released the film—even though Cussler brought legal action for their having violated the contract. If the movie is successful Cussler said he would, “puke all the way to the bank.”