Jake and Elwood Blues. Undeniably cool, undeniably funny, and undeniably classic cinema. Now, The Blues Brothers are getting new life.
Per THR, a new series is in the works that will focus on Jake and Elwood. Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi brought the pair to life all the way back in 1978, with the titular The Blues Brothers movie in 1980. While the bit was a hit for Saturday Night Live initially, the show wasn’t quite the cultural touchstone it is now.
The movie helped introduce more of the world to both Aykroyd and Belushi as well as SNL. 41 years later, Aykroyd and Belushi’s widow, Judith Belushi Pisano, are working with Utopia Originals for the new series. ALG Brands will also be be producing.
Aykroyd expressed his excitement for the project in a statement.
“Last year, The Blues Brothers film was selected by The Library of Congress to the National Film Registry,” Aykroyd said. “And being in this most worthwhile cultural preservation initiative made us realize there remains more to this story. Judy and I are pleased to collaborate with Utopia Originals to produce the only authorized, optimized, socio-forensic examination of the Blues Brothers and the world that created and embraces them.”
The angle of the docuseries will be to provide new looks and info about the characters. It will examine the music that influenced the characters and the music influenced by them. Further, the friendship between the two actors behind Jake and Elwood will receive an in-depth look.
Per the movie’s release, it will also touch on, “the sensitivities of race in the music industry and reveals the mindsets, intentions and follow-through of the creators.”
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Pisano also added words about what the series will focus on. It’s clear this isn’t a new Blues Brothers film. Instead, it’s about the makeup and effect they had on culture.
“Opening that door is interesting and exciting,” Pisano said. “And undoubtedly will bring a great deal of depth to the project. With this collaboration, we continue Dan and John’s original mission to share their passion for this music and, foremost, to celebrate the artists who created it. We expect this to be a significant historical and cultural investigation.”
It’s certainly an enticing idea. While some may just enjoy the film as another comedy, the respect it paid to motown, blues and R&B is still looked back at fondly. With the context of four decades now past, the series should be able to package and honor what it was and what it means still.
Even Aykroyd is excited to learn about the characters he helped create. Even though he’s one of the minds behind it, even he hasn’t viewed from all the different angles.
“Much will be revealed that even I, as one of the originators, might not have been aware of,” he said. “In the end, it will be all about the artists and their music.”