Joliet Jake and Elwood Blues could ride again as an animated show according to Billboard, which would see the criminal blues-singing soul-dancing brothers in new stories based in Chicago. Blues Brothers co-creator Dan Akroyd, Judy Belushi (widow of John Belushi) and ‘Saturday Night Live’ writer Anne Beatts will serve as executive producers, for the potential prime-time series being developed by Bento Box, the same group behind the FOX dysfunctional fast food family ‘Bob’s Burgers’. “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.” says Akroyd.
The ‘Blues Brothers’ movie is as much a part of Chicago lore as anything served on a bun at Portillo’s. The 1980 movie which played off characters that first appeared on SNL in 1975, was directed by the great John Landis and grossed an outstanding $100 million at the box office. That’s a hundo mill in 1980! It’s arguably one of the best musical films of all time with performances by James Ray Charles, Arethra Franklin, and a tremendous backing band. Plus it has hilarity just for us with wild over-the-top chase scenes around local sites and through the honorable Richard J. Daley Plaza….that’s where they got that Picasso, Yep. If this show has an once of what the movie had, provides an irreverent take on these characters with good tunes, let’s sit back and enjoy an orange whip. – @kevkellam