Monday, September 16, 2013

Time For Monday Mystery...!

Today's mystery is something a little different. The reason is that it may not really be over!

This story has a little bit of a sad undertone to it for that very reason. We normally don't hear about mysteries like this, but thanks to the folks at Listverse (where else?) we now know about this one!

Atuk Curse

A small handful of productions have garnered a reputation for being cursed. Well-known examples include the Poltergeist franchise and Rosemary’s Baby, where people attached to both films succumbed to untimely deaths. A lesser-known example is a movie that has never escaped development hell, a screenplay adapted from the 1963 novel The Incomparable Atuk. Atuk is a fish-out-of-water comedy which features an Inuit moving to the big city.

The screenplay has been kicked around Hollywood for over 30 years. Numerous stars have been attached to the project, and each has been executed by fate. In the early 1980s, John Belushi was slated to play Atuk, but he died of a drug overdose in 1982 at the age of 33. Next, stand-up comic Sam Kinison was offered the role, but he was killed by a head-on collision with a drunk driver at the age of 38. Lovable lug John Candy was also considered, until he succumbed to a heart attack at the age of 43. Lunatic SNL star Chris Farley was next in line, until he too died of a drug overdose at just 33 years old, a grim mirror of the passing of his idol Belushi.

Atuk’s influence was so sinister that it appeared to have struck people who merely read the script, including Saturday Night Live writer Michael O’Donoghue, who died of a cerebral hemorrhage at 54, and actor Phil Hartman, who was killed at age 49 by his wife Brynn in a drug-fueled murder suicide. Does Atuk exert some kind of evil, deadly force? This is likely a mystery we will never know the answer to, as the movie is no closer to being made now than it was three decades ago.

I get the feeling that maybe this movie just shouldn't be made. After all, somethings are best left alone, ya know?

Coffee out on the patio this morning. I have to go to the V.A. later, so I need some extra coffee!

12 comments:

Gorges Smythe said...

Maybe someone should burn the thing! :-)

HermitJim said...

Hey Gorges...
Sounds like a good idea to me!

Thanks for coming over today!

Chickenmom said...

Imagine what would happen to people if the movie was actually made???
'Hope all goes well at the VA today.
I'll bring some banana pound cake for all.

linda m said...

That sure sounds like a movie that they should just burn the script.

JO said...

Well if they ask me I will turn it down. Like that would ever happen.

Hope all goes well at the VA.
we'll keep the pot going for ya.

Sixbears said...

. . . and it's supposed to be a comedy? Imagine if it was a drama or another horror movie?

HermitJim said...

Hey Phyllis...
Maybe they should just make it and get it over with!

Strange stuff. Thanks for dropping in today!



Hey Linda...
I kinda feel the same way!

Thanks for coming by this morning!


Hey Jo...
Don't sign up...I would miss ya!

Besides, who wants to go to California?

Thanks for coming by, sweetie!

HermitJim said...

Hey Sixbears...
Maybe it's a comedy that turned into a horror flick.

Kinda disturbing! Thanks for the visit today!

Dizzy-Dick said...

I usually don't believe in curses, but from all the corpses this movie left behind, I may have to change my mind.

herlanderwalking said...

Maybe it just shouldn't be made by people with a propensity for drugs/booze/and Olympic grade eating/cardiac issues?

HermitJim said...

Hey Dizzy...
It might be a strong enough case to make a mind change, that's for sure!

Thanks for coming over today!



Hey Herlander...
I agree that any choice for a star is a challenge for this one!

Hey, thanks for coming over today!

Mamahen said...

Hope your trip to the VA went well.....and the movie... if they ever got it made i'd be afraid to see it !