Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi’s widow Judy are teaming up with Bento Box Entertainment to offer a modern spin on the Blues Brothers franchise.
According to several sources–including Deadline, and the Hollywood Reporter–Aykroyd and Belushi will serve as Co-executive producers along with Anne Beatts, the original Saturday Night Live writer who won an Emmy for her work on the skit, which chronicled the music-gigging life of Jake and Elmwood Blues.
Slated to feature a score and soundtrack curated from classic Blues Brothers material as well as new performances recorded specifically for the show, the series will offer a contemporary setting for their highjinks; new music technology, self-promotion, and the search for new recording artists will all feature heavily–all under the backdrop of sweet home Chicago.
“It is such a privilege for us to be able to produce the work of the very same people who played such an instrumental role in creating one of the most iconic, multi-faceted comedy and music brands of all time,” said Bento Box’s Scott Greenberg in a statement.
Now we all have the rare opportunity to translate the timeless comic genius of Dan and John from live-action to animation, while offering an entirely new generation of Blues Brothers fans the chance to appreciate them.
Added Aykroyd: “It’s so great to accelerate Jake and Elwood at digital speed into the 21st Century via the outstanding creative group at Bento Box.”
This isn’t the first time a Blues Brother’s reset was envisioned; Aykroyd and Belushi licensed the rights to Film Roman (The Simpsons) in 1997 for an animated series created by David Misch, which was scheduled to launch in the fall of the following year on UPN. It never aired. They also began pitching a second Blues Brothers animated primetime series to networks in 2011 as part of a larger effort to rebuild the Blues Brothers franchise with projects in a number of areas.
Bento Box, the creators of Bob’s Burgers, will handle production under the supervision of Greenberg and Joel Kuwahara. Blues Brothers’ manager Eric Gardner and Rehab Entertainment’s John W. Hyde will also be involved.