The further adventures of Jake and Elwood Blues may be coming to television.
Variety is reporting that a pilot script for a new "Blues Brothers" live action TV series is about to be shopped to networks and studios that would find the pair fresh out of jail, with Elwood on a quest to find his real father.
John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd created the Blues Brothers in the late '70s before the characters made their debut on "Saturday Night Live." In 1980, John Landis directed a feature film adaptation of "The Blues Brothers" that has gone on to become a cult favorite to this day.
Despite the death of Belushi, the Blues Brothers spun off into a sequel called "Blues Brothers 2000" in 1998 and helped spawn the "House of Blues" venues and restaurants across the country. Aykroyd has also continued to perform as Elwood Blues alongside John's brother, Jim Belushi as "Zee" Blues and John Goodman as "Mighty Mack" McTee.
The new "Blues Brothers" TV series will recast the iconic roles, but Aykroyd will participate as the voice of their probation officer. Judy Belushi — the widow of John Belushi — has co-written the pilot episode with Anne Beatts ("Saturday Night Live") along with Wayne Catania and Kieron Lafferty.
"I think these are great American characters," related Judy Belushi. "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."
"We're not trying to replicate Dan and John but Jake and Elwood," noted Beatts. "It would be 'Route 66' meets 'Glee,' and it all goes to hell in a handbasket."
A new Blues Brothers band would likely be assembled if the project is ordered to a full series. During the late '90s, "The Blues Brothers" was slated to be adapted into an animated TV series that ultimately never came to fruition.
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