TV’s taking another trip down memory lane.
“The Blues Brothers” are about to be resurrected for a prime-time series, reports Variety. A new incarnation of the classic characters made famous by Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi are being pitched for a new TV series.
The TV rights are owned Aykroyd and John’s ex-wife Judy Belushi. Belushi and “Saturday Night Live” writer Anne Beatts have written a pilot for the proposed series, which is about to be pitched to the networks and studios. According to Variety, the plotline finds Jake and Elwood out of jail, with orphan Elwood searching for his real father.
The dynamic duo have been an enduring presence in pop culture for decades: Jake and Elwood Blues first debuted on television in a 1978 episode of “Saturday Night Live,” hit the big screen in the ’80s, with a film sequel in the late ’90s, went on tour as a band across the country, were the inspiration for the chain The House of Blues, and even became a classic Halloween costume along the way.
There have been no decisions yet about casting, but yes, Aykroyd is on board in some capacity. He’ll reportedly participate in the project as the voice of Jake and Elwood’s parole officer.
“I think these are great American characters,” Judy Belushi told 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.”
“We’re not trying to replicate Dan and John but Jake and Elwood,” Beatts added.
The concept for the series, if picked up as a pilot, is described as “‘Route 66’ meets ‘Glee,’ and it all goes to hell in a handbasket,” says Beatts.
Other remakes currently in the works for TV include ABC’s “Charlie’s Angels,” CBS’s “Bewitched,” and NBC’s “The Munsters.”