May 4, 2016


Dan Aykroyd to Produce 'Blues Brothers' Animated Series

GAB Archive/Redferns
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The Blues Brothers are coming back to a television near you—albeit in the form of an animated series—to continue their crusade "for truth, justice and a better breakfast sandwich,” according to Dan Aykroyd, who is set to executive produce the show. 

The Wrap reports on the new development, which has seen John Belushi's widow, Judy, team with Aykroyd and award-winning Saturday Night Live writer Anne Beatts as co-creators. The trio hopes to thrust the swaggering showman into the 21st century, and plans to use much of their original music from the '70s to score each episode.

In a statement on Tuesday (May 3), Aykroyd elaborated on the show's premise: “The show will be the Blues Brothers living in America and utilizing all new technology to make and promote their own records, seek out and record new artists and avoid law enforcement," the comedian said. Showrunners include many executives from Bento Box—the production house noted for Bobs Burgers—such as Scott Greenberg and Joel Kuwahara, who plan to start shopping the program to TV networks and streaming platforms this month. 

While the Blues Brothers' most enduring image is that of a comedy duo that lit up late '70s and early '80s pop-culture on Saturday Night Live and in their eponymous film, it's worth mentioning that Aykroyd and Belushi formed an actual band: The Blues Brothers got their start on SNL but later branched out, releasing an Briefcase Full of Blues, in 1978.