The Blues Brothers are heading to the small screen in a new series penned by John Belushi's widow Judith Belushi-Pisano and Saturday Night Live writer Anne Beatts. The pilot script is currently being shopped to various Networks.
The Blues Brothers musical duo of Jake and Elwood Blues, made famous by their appearances on SNL and in two feature films, will be recast, with the series taking place just after they both get out of jail. The main plot of the entire series will revolve around Elwood searching for his real father. No casting decisions have been made at this time.
While Universal owns the film rights to the property, Dan Aykroyd and Judith Belushi-Pisano share the television rights. Dan Aykroyd will only appear on the show via his voice, taking on the unseen role of Jake and Elwood's parole officer.
Judith Belushi-Pisano had this to say about taking on this venture.
"I think these are great American characters. We want to keep them alive. We chose to introduce them as new characters but do it in an way that they have some history, have some life behind them."
Anne Beatts had this to say.
"We're not trying to replicate Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi but Jake and Elwood. It would be Route 66 meets Glee, and it all goes to hell in a hand basket."
If the pilot gets picked up, each episode in the series will include one main musical number, with different musicians taking on the role of The Blues Brothers band as Jake and Elwood travel the United States, searching for Elwood Sr.
No production start date has been discussed.