Hollywood typically has several films with alleged curses tacked onto their names, due to numerous deaths that all have these films in common. One such film is Atuk, an adaption of the novel The Incomparable Atuk.
Atuk has been attempted to be filmed and released numerous times, but has been repeatedly cancelled due to the deaths of nearly every actor interested in or promised to play the title character, Atuk.
The first was the famous John Belushi, who was the first to read the script and be considered for the role. He died of a drug overdose shortly after announcing interest in the role. The next was Sam Kinison, who had been confirmed and even filmed a scene before demanding changes. He left, being dissatisfied, and the film company filed a suit against him that left him bankrupt. He died of a car crash a short while later.
The alleged curse then reached John Candy, who had also been desired for the role of Atuk and reportedly died of a heart attack while reading the script. Some also report that the death of Michael O’Donoghue was linked to Atuk as well, for he had read the script and recommended the role to both Kinison and Candy.
Finally, the infamous curse hit Chris Farley, who was slated for the role of Atuk like his idol, Belushi. He then died of a drug overdose before he could accept. Allegedly, some report Farley had encouraged friend Phil Hartman to accept a co-starring role as well and had even shown him the script. Phil Hartman died six months later, murdered by his wife.
The film adaptation has since been dropped almost completely, the superstitious fearing to touch it. I’m not sure if I believe in cursed scripts, but all the coincidences are very interesting to read, aren’t they?
The Ghost Pilot
Mrs. Sayer and some friends were visiting the Fleet Air Arm Station at Yelverton, Somerset, England in 1987 when this photo was taken. They thought it would be cute to take a picture of her sitting in the seat of retired helicopter. No one, Mrs. Sayer insists, was sitting next to her in the pilot’s seat… although a figure in a white shirt can clearly be seen sitting there. She told an investigator with the Society for Psychical Research that she remembered feeling rather cold sitting in that seat, even though it was a hot day. Other pictures taken at the same time did not come out.