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Some say a 'curse' hovers around the show, leading to an early grave for those who join the cast. It's certainly true that some SNL vets have died young -- though statistically it's no surprise that a few of the show's dozens of stars have passed on since 1975. In every case they died after leaving the cast, though that could presumably be part of the curse's magick.
Belushi was a founding member of SNL's original cast. He stayed with the show for four seasons, leaving after the 1978 run.
Originally, Kinison was attached to the role. "When it came time to start filming, Sam wanted it rewritten," says Carroll. "Once they started shooting it, it had accumulated a lot of costs." The production eventually shut down, and Candy and Farley, among others, read it and expressed interest.
Next up was Sam Kinison, who actually filmed a few scenes for the movie in 1987 before deciding he didn’t like where it was going. He died a few years later in a car accident.
So lethal is this script that it even took out one of the numerous writers on the project, Michael O’Donoghue, the man who recommended the part to Belushi and Kinison.
The curse supposedly struck again in 1994 when John Candy, who had been approached for the role of Atuk, was reading the script when he suddenly died of a heart attack, on March 4 (the day before the 12th anniversary of Belushi's death). It was around this point in the production's history that the press began to speak of a curse.
According to some versions the curse would strike once more, only six months later in May 1998 when Farley's friend and former Saturday Night Live cast-mate, Phil Hartman, was murdered by his wife. Farley is said to have shown the Atuk script to Hartman, before his death, and was encouraging him to take a co-starring role.
United Artists has retained the rights and the film project remains in turnaround. "I'm not a superstitious person," Carroll says, "and it doesn't have any meaning to me."
On screenwriting hiatus to write a murder mystery, Carroll hasn't heard about plans to revive the script, to his disappointment. "With the right actor and right tone," he says, perhaps a bit cautiously, "it may have been a nice movie."
Curse, or very odd coincidence? How is it that everyone who read for the role dies? Can a curse be placed upon a script? No one knows for sure and no one plans on finding out as the script is now locked away never to be read again.
In 1982, Harold Ramis was to write and direct an adaptation, starring John Belushi and Richard Pryor, but Belushi's death prevented this. Later, John Candy and Chris Farley were touted for the lead, both of whom died at an early age, leading many to ascribe a curse to the role
Fueling those "curse" talks: three previous Ignatius hopefuls -- John Belushi, Chris Farley and John Candy -- suffered early deaths before a film version could be made of Toole's 1980 book.
a confederacy of Hollywood filmmakers are once more reportedly toiling to make a feature film out of the Pulitzer-winning, New Orleans-set comic classic "A Confederacy of Dunces." Their Ignatius J. Reilly this time? Zach Galifianakis.
The Hartmans were emotional opposites: Brynn, say several of the couple's friends, was volatile and insecure about her husband's fame
That combustible mix was undoubtedly aggravated by another factor: Brynn's substance abuse problems. A recovering alcoholic and coc aine user, Brynn had recently resumed drinking after a decade of near-sobriety.
Hartman's friend and former SNL colleague Jon Lovitz has accused Hartman's former NewsRadio co-star Andy Dick of re-introducing Brynn to coc aine, causing her to relapse and suffer a nervous breakdown.
Originally posted by mytheroy
Well James Carrey known as Jim Carrey is still kicking
Could Jim be offing the cast to further his career
Originally posted by Iamonlyhuman
Apparently The complete screenplay was linked to the wikipedia article on this (at the bottom of the article).
I couldn't even bring myself to click on it.