Original Blues Brother Dan Aykroyd, Judy Belushi, and Anne Beatts (SNL) are creating and executive producing a primetime animated The Blues Brothers series. Bento Box Entertainment (Bob’s Burgers) is developing and producing the animated comedy series, with Bento Box’s Scott Greenberg and Joel Kuwahara involved as executive producers along with Rehab Entertainment’s John W. Hyde and Blues Brothers’ manager Eric Gardner.
“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 Greenberg. “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.”
“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,” added Aykroyd.
The Blues Brothers – Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi – made their debut on SNL in 1978 during an episode hosted by former SNL cast member Steve Martin. The duo snagged an Atlantic Records recording contract which led to a nationwide tour and the recording of their Briefcase Full of Blues live album. The Blues Brothers movie directed by John Landis arrived in 1980, grossing $100 million during its theatrical release.
Details on The Blues Brothers series: The series chronicles the music, mayhem and comedy adventures of Jake and Elwood Blues, along with the characters within their master blues band. Join the journey as the boys take their act on the road and back to that same old place, sweet home Chicago. As Elwood Blues, in announcer mode, has oft said of the Blues Brothers, “And now, ladies and gentlemen, living history is going to be made.”