Dan Aykroyd and Judy Belushi (John’s ex-wife) have long owned the TV rights to The Blues Brothers. Thirty-three years after the characters first debuted on Saturday Night Live, they are finally planning to do something with those rights. Variety reports Belushi, Anne Beatts, Wayne Catania, and Kieron Lafferty have scripted a pilot that centers on Elwood’s search for his father after he and Jake are released from jail. Two new actors will play Elwood and Jake, but Aykroyd will lend his voice to the parole officer. As Beatts puts it, “We’re not trying to replicate Dan and John but Jake and Elwood.” If the pilot goes to series, each episode will include a musical number, which led Beatts to this inane pitch:
“It would be Route 66 meets Glee, and it all goes to hell in a handbasket.”
Given the episodic nature of the movie and the sketches (naturally), I could see The Blues Brothers working as a series. Not if it looks anything like the candy-coated Glee, though. The Blues Brothers should be covered in dirt and soul. It will be a bitch to recast such iconic roles—we’ll check back in when they do, and reevaluate. Watch a lengthy trailer for the 1980 movie after the jump.