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Facts And Theories About 'Atuk,' A Cursed Script That Supposedly Killed Every Actor Attached

Cursed movies exist, though few of these scripts tend to capture interest quite like Atuk. Ask anyone who's been in the business, and they'll likely have some insane Atuk stories. This unproduced screenplay has been floating around Hollywood since the early '70s. It tells the fish-out-of-water story of an Eskimo in New York City, adapted from Mordecai Richler's 1963 novel The Incomparable Atuk. Norman Jewison purchased the rights to the book in 1971, and screenwriter Tod Carroll pumped out a draft, but it has yet to be filmed. That's not for lack of trying - it's just that, according to some theories, the script fells any actor that expresses interest in the lead role.

Carroll himself has waved off any talk of a curse, but the creepy coincidences surrounding Atuk - most notably the connection between an actor's involvement with the script and their passing - has been compelling enough for film buffs to take interest. As such, it's become one of the most infamous unproduced screenplays in Hollywood history and a piece of lore that shines a light on the dark side of Hollywood.

And Atuk's still out there. United Artists retains the rights to this day. You can even read it for yourself. But you might want to read the following before you crack open those dusty (digital) pages. As this behind-the-scenes Hollywood drama reveals, some stories were best left untold.