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Everything that’s old is new again, or it all will be before the next five years are up. At least as far as television goes. Remakes and continuations are all the rage, and while the more uninspired revivals might inspire some negative feelings, there’s one new project that will give you the blues in the best way possible. Get ready to see the return of the Blues Brothers, only instead of jamming it up on the big screen in live-action, the iconic duo are headed to TV for an all-new primetime animated show from the company that puts Bob’s Burgers together. Rawhide!
As you might have guessed, this new Blues Brothers project is coming from Dan Aykroyd, one of the two original minds behind the celebrated duo. His co-creators and co-executive producers are former Saturday Night Live writer Anne Beatts and the late John Belushi’s widow Judith Belushi-Pisano, who attempted to put a similar show together some years back. That’s a solid team – although it’s not clear from the press release if Aykroyd will be reprising the role of Elwood for the potential series – and the set-up sounds just as interesting as it did in the 1980s, since it involves the Blues Brothers.
This 2-D version of the musical maestros will see Jake and Elwood Blues taking their band on the road for a tour that will end in the city where it all began, Chicago. Comedy, music and madness was the recipe for success with The Blues Brothers back when the characters made the jump from SNL to features, and things can get even crazier when all the stunts and effects don’t need to be all that realistic. Plus, this will apparently take place in the modern day, so for anyone who ever wanted to see Jake play games on a smartphone, this might be your chance.
And you can bet your full tank of gas and half-pack of cigarettes that this new iteration is going to go hard on the music front. While no specific artists were mentioned, the score and soundtrack are being given special attention, and they will include both songs that the Blues Brothers are famous for singing, as well as new recordings created exclusively for this series. And it won’t just be the sunglasses-donning siblings that we’ll hear, as both legends and new superstars in the blues genre will be tapped for guest spots.
There’s no network involved just yet, but the goal is to get the project shopped around this month. Fox has something of an advantage here, being a network known for primetime animation, as well as the connection with Bob’s Burgers’ Bento Box Entertainment. But maybe this will be an additional big pickup for the more music-minded MTV, or perhaps it’ll head to another network that’s building up its original scripted programming. Dare we hope for HBO to get behind this?
Our Lady of Blessed Acceleration, let this project find a good home soon, so that we may tell our faithful readers about it. Are you guys excited to see The Blues Brothers going back on the road?