The Blues Brothers Franchise Being Revived With TV Show
Posted on Tue Aug 30, 2011 03:43 PM PDT
LOS ANGELES, California (X17online) -- Dan Aykroyd and Jim Belushi are reviving the famous Blues Brothers franchise with a TV show, Variety reports.
Aykroyd and Belushi, the deceased John Belushi's brother, have penned a pilot and are pitching it to networks.
Aykroyd and John originated the characters on Saturday Night Live in 1978. The characters became popular after a nationwide tour and a hit film in 1980, which grossed more than $100 million worldwide.
Belushi died in 1982, but Aykroyd has since been an investor in the nationwide House of Blues venues, and a movie sequel co-starring John Goodman hit theaters in 1998.
John's widow, Judy, told Variety each episode would include musical numbers. She 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. We're not trying to replicate Dan and John, but Jake and Elwood. ... It would be 'Route 66' meets 'Glee,' and it all goes to hell in a handbasket."