Bento Box Entertainment (Bob’s Burgers, Bordertown) has announced that it will develop and produce a primetime animated series of ‘The Blues Brothers’ with Dan Aykroyd attached as co-creator and executive produce. Aykroyd will be accompanied by Judy Belushi, widow of fellow Blues Brother John Belushi, and multiple Emmy Award-winning original Saturday Night Live writer Anne Beatts.
‘The Blues Brothers’ will chronicle the music, mayhem and comedy adventures of Jake and Elwood Blues, along with the characters within their master blues band, and feature a bevy of soul, blues and R&B hits performed by the Blues Brothers, along with new performances recorded specifically for the show. The series will also feature special guest appearances from aspiring talent, iconic Blues legends and superstars from today’s music world.
Aykroyd, Belushi and Beatts approached Bento Box Entertainment as the studio is renowned for producing young adult-targeted primetime animated series for television and other platforms worldwide. They will be joined as executive producers by Bento Box’s Scott Greenberg and Joel Kuwahara; 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,” Greenberg said. “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.”
Aykroyd commented, "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.”
Aykroyd and John Belushi first appeared as a proto-version of the Blues Brothers — called "Howard Shore and his All-Bee Band" — on a 1976 episode of Saturday Night Live, then officially debuted during a 1978 episode hosted by Steve Martin. A previous Blues Brothers cartoon project was greenlit in 1997 at Film Roman for UPN, but the order was canceled later that year.