I've been lurking here awhile, and I hate to make this my first
post, but this is from yesterday's HOLLYWOOD REPORTER ...
Cruise explores 'Sahara' series
Aug. 20, 2002
Could Tom Cruise be adding another Paramount Pictures franchise to
his dossier, following his successful "Mission: Impossible" series?
Sources say the studio is heavily courting the superstar to come
aboard to develop, star and produce through his and Paula Wagner's
studio-based C/W Prods. a big-screen adaptation of Clive Cussler's
1992 novel "Sahara" for Crusader Entertainment. The project is the
first installment of the author's best-selling Dirk Pitt series,
about an intrepid adventurer and explorer. There are 13 books in the
series, which blend action, adventure and humor. No director is yet
on board the project, and Cruise has yet to make a decision. The
actor is in preproduction on Warner Bros. Pictures' "The Last
Samurai." (Zorianna Kit and Chris Gardner)