Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr Viber
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Big 2015 Movie Preview
The 50 Best Films Of 2014
Review Of The Year 2014
100 Greatest Characters
Your all-time favourite heroes and villains
Subscribe To Empire
Sign up now and save up to 63%
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
YESTERDAY
Podcast 176: Ed Skrein
Podcast refuelled!
Exclusive Trailer For Listen To Me Marlon
Brando in his own words
New Poster For The Hallow Online
Plus director Corin Hardy shows us his sketchbook
Vincent D'Onofrio to Direct The Kid
Moving behind the camera with a Western
Joe Carnahan Finally Shoots Five Against A Bullet
Long-gestating project gets green light
Sofia Vergara Joins The Brits Are Coming
Starring with Uma Thurman and Tim Roth
Sam Worthington Clashes With The Titan
Ruth Wilson to co-star
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
04 August 2015
Trailer For National Lampoon Doc Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead
'We were taking on the idiocy of our generation...'
More Movie News

RELATED REVIEWS
Burke & Hare
Empire Star Rating
Blues Brothers 2000
Empire Star Rating
The Stupids
Empire Star Rating
Beverley Hills Cop III
Empire Star Rating
Beverly Hills Cop 3
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

The Blues Brothers Coming To TV?
Dan Aykroyd pitching a pilot to networks

31 August 2011  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Variety

submit to reddit

The Blues Brothers Coming To TV?

While he’s still looking to get the Ghostbusters back on the big screen, it seems Dan Aykroyd also wants to continue one of his other famous co-creations – The Blues Brothers – in some fashion, though this time on the goggle box.

Variety reports that Aykroyd, along with John Belushi’s ex-wife Judy, have owned the TV rights to the characters of Jake and Elwood Blues for years, and that they’re now shopping the prospect of a Blues Brothers series around the US networks. The package so far includes a pilot script written by Aykroyd, former Saturday Night Live scribe Anne Beatts, Wayne Catania and Kieron Lafferty.

The plot will see the musically inclined pair freshly out of jail, with Elwood on the hunt for his real father. While the intention is to find new actors to play the brothers, Aykroyd will be involved as the voice of their parole officer.

After debuting on SNL in 1978, the Blues Brothers sketches became one of the earliest breakouts from the show. Elwood (Aykroyd) and Jake (John Belushi) formed a touring band and starred in 1980’s classic John Landis comedy built around them. Despite the fact that Belushi died in 1982, Aykroyd has never quite let the idea of the duo die with him. On the positive side, he spearheaded the House of Blues music venues and toured the band with Jim Belushi. On the negative side, his continuing obsession also spawned dodgy film sequel Blues Brothers 2000 in 1998 (although the silver lining there is the song How Blue Can You Get).

But because nothing can be left alone these days, it appears that if one of the US channels picks up the idea, the boys will be back. “I think these are great American characters," Judy Belushi tells Variety. "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." Pray the latest incarnation of their “mission from God” turns out better than the second movie…


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

Linklater On For College Republicans
And Paul Dano's attached as Karl Rove
Todd Field Accepts The Creed Of Violence
Update: He's got the funds to make it

Your Comments

Silver Lining
Thank you for mentioning How Blue Can You Get as the 'silver lining' of BB2000. That song alone gives the film a free pass from criticism in my eyes. The whole soundtrack's pretty good, to be honest, and the music would be the major reason for a Blues Brothers series being a good thing. More

Posted by hillbillyjim at 22:51 on 31 August 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Re: Aykroyd...
Ah, Dan, what are you playing at? Surely you must have so much money you don't need to work again? So why not just disappear gracefully instead of trying to relive the 80s? Ghostbusters? Old hat, leave it as a classic (even the sequel was pretty good.) Blues Brothers is sacrosanct - a TV show version sounds like a bad joke and hopefully it'll go no further. More

Posted by BelfastBoy at 19:17 on 31 August 2011 | Report This Post

Re: Aykroyd...
.... Is the man in debt or something? More

Posted by andyswright at 12:54 on 31 August 2011 | Report This Post

He has every right to exploit his creations. I'm sure Blues Brothers 2000 is a valid reminder of how not to though. If anyone can, he can, but the purists will never be happy even if it were better than the original. Though that scarcely happens. More

Posted by sweetladybrick at 10:49 on 31 August 2011 | Report This Post

Terrible, terrible idea.
I hope the networks laugh him out of the office. More

Posted by stuxmusic at 10:40 on 31 August 2011 | Report This Post


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
My Movie Life: Andrew Haigh
The 45 Years director on the movies that made him

Vanity Projects: The Musical Edition
A dozen more hits and misses from the rock and pop world

Inside The Martian: Empire Meets NASA
Prepare to science the shit out of it...

Deadpool: A Complete History
Empire's guide to The Merc With A Mouth, in comics and on screen

Evil Media: Haunted TVs, Tapes And Tunes
Ten sinister reasons to go off-grid

Spectre – Everything You Need To Know
Empire's essential briefing on James Bond's 24th outing

The N.W.A-Team
Empire visits the set of Straight Outta Compton

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Empire print magazine

Delivered to your door – with exclusive subscriber only covers each month! Save money today and

Subscribe now!

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Empire digital magazine

Exclusive and enhanced content – get instant access via your iPad or Android device! Save money today and

Subscribe now!

Subscribe now and save up to 63%
Print, Digital & Package options available Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire Digital Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  Digital Edition  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)