The Blues Brothers becomes a TV series
The Blues Brothers head to the small screen in a new series written by John Belushi’s widow Judith Belushi-Pisano and Saturday Night Live Writer Anne Beatte. The pilot script is being shopped to various networks.
The duo’s musical The Blues Brothers Jake and Elwood Blues, made famous by his appearances on SNL and in two feature films, will be overhauled, with the series will take place just after the two got out of prison. The main plot of the entire series revolves around Elwood search of his real father. No casting decisions have been made at this time.
While Universal owns the film rights to property, Dan Aykroyd and Belushi-Pisano Judith from television rights. Dan Aykroyd will only appear on the show through his voice, taking on the new role of Jake and Elwood parole officer.
Judith Belushi-Pisano had this to say about taking this risk. “I think these are great American characters. We want to keep them alive. We chose to present them as new characters, but do so in a way that they have some history, have some life behind them “.
Beatte Anne had this to say: “We’re not trying to duplicate Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi, but Jake and Elwood. It would Glee meets Route 66, and it goes all to hell in a hand basket.”
If the pilot is picked up, each episode of the series will include a musical number key, with different musicians playing the role of the band Blues Brothers Jake and Elwood as travel to the United States, the search for Elwood Sr. No start date of production was discussed.
The Blues Brothers was released on June 20th, 1980 and stars John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, James Brown, Cab Calloway, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Steve Cropper, Donald Dunn. The film is directed by John Landis.