33 years ago Jake and Elwood made their premiere on “Saturday Night Live,” and now Belushi has teamed up with SNL writer Anne Beatts, along with Wayne Catania and Kieron Lafferty, to write a pilot script for what will hopefully be the revival of “The Blues Brothers.” The script starts with Jake and Elwood being released from jail and Elwood searching for his father.
Commenting on the potential return of “The Blues Brothers,” Belushi said, “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.”
Beatts described the show, “It would be ‘Route 66′ meets ‘Glee,’ and it all goes to hell in a handbasket.”
The show, if picked up, would feature a new song from The Blues Brother Band in each episode and Aykroyd will be voicing Jake and Elwood’s parole officer. The new actors that will fill the parts of the two stars have not been announced yet.
Beyond SNL and the TV screen, “The Blues Brothers” have had success in albums and in movies. After their 1978 debut, their series of SNL sketches brought about the release of an album in 1980, “Briefcase Full of Blues.” In the same year the brothers Blue hit the silver screen with the help of director John Landis.
After John Belushi’s death in 1982, “The Blues Brothers” franchise slowed down. Landis and Aykroyd teamed up again in 1998 to remake the original movie but, “The Blues Brothers 2000,” was met with lukewarm reviews, at best.Tags: Anne Beatts, Blues Brothers, Briefcase Full of Blues, Dan Aykroyd, Elwood, Glee, Jake, John Belushi, John Landis, Judy Belushi, Kieron Lafferty, Route 66, Saturday Night Live, The Blues Brothers 2000, Wayne Catania