A Blues Brothers animated series that has been in the works for ten years, is a step closer to reality.
Dan Aykroyd, Judy Belushi and Anne Beatts (SNL writer and National Lampoon editor) who co-created and executive produce the series, have joined up with Bento Box Entertainment which produces Fox’s popular animated series Bob’s Burgers. Together, they are shopping for a home for the series which they’re planning as a primetime series focusing on blues music.
The Blues Brothers- Jake and Elwood- originally played by Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi, became an iconic cultural phenomenon after they first appeared in a Saturday Night Live sketch in 1976, later releasing an album and a film together. The love for the Blues Brothers has continued even after Belushi’s death, spawning multiple tours and a record label.
THR reports that the series will be aimed at young adults, and will follow Jake and Elwood and their band on tour, featuring a deep soul and blues soundtrack, and guest appearances from Blues legends, stars and up and comers. Aykroyd’s love for blues music is extensive and dates back to his childhood growing up in Canada. He has continued to be a respected and passionate performer throughout his life, co-founding the House of Blues chain of clubs, and touring with the Blues Brothers band from time to time.
Aykroyd said in a statement, “It’s so great to accelerate Jake and Elwood at digital speed into the 21st Century via the outstanding creative group at Bento Box. 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 – and all while fighting for truth, justice and a better breakfast sandwich.”