It looks like comedy legend John Belushi will be getting a second life in the form of a Biopic movie. The Hangover’s director Todd Phillips is the man responsible in trying to bring the life of the tragic actor/comedian who died in 1982 to a drugs related incident. Phillips has been working non-stop in developing the idea with Pursuit of Happyness screenwriter Steve Conrad with Warner Bros who recently aquired the right to Belushi’s life.
It’s been a hard slog for all involved as the project has got together then suddenly fallen apart again and then got together again but things are looking a little bit better now, but as in what capacity Phillips will play he is unsure if he wants to direct or just simply produce the movie. Two producers are onboard Alexandra Milchan and Bonnie Timmerman with Belushi’s widow Judith Belushi Pisano will be onboard as an executive producer to make sure the content is respectable.
With an Biopic of Belushi on the cards you can understand the Belushi family are concerned as many books have come and gone on the star with many of them painting a negative impression of the star. One boigraphy particular was the 1985 Bob Woodward book Wired: The Short Life and Fast Times of John Belushi which became a movie a movie 4 years later in 1989 with The Shield’s Michael Chikilis playing Belushi, the book and the movie was heavily criticised by Belushi’s family as well as his friends boycotting the movie which bombed at the box office.
If this movie is going to be made there’s there will be reference to the star’s wild habits and lifestyle sadly some people only remember people due to their off screen lifestyles rather than the talent they where and should be remembered by but with Belushi’s widower onboard I’m Phillips will consult her and the rest of his family to make sure the scenes will be more dignified.
John Belushi career startes out part of the Chicago comedy troupe Second City then going onto be one of the original members of Saturday Night Live from 1975 until 1979 before heading into movies. His film career included such movies as The Blues Brothers, Animal House, Neighbours and it was planned for him to star in Ghostbusters and Spies Like Us with his fellow Blues Brother Dan Ackroyd whom he co-wrote both movies with before he died.
Though if your a certain age you may not realise how important John Belushi was to comedy not just on the television but also on the big screen too. His maniac goofball style of comedy has inspired so many comedian/actors with everyone from John Candy to Chris Farelly right up to Will Ferrell so there’s a possiblity of an high profile comedy actor grabbing this role. The Hangover’s Zach Galifianakis is one actor been hotly tipped for the role due to similar style of comedy, but Jack Black (hopefully not) also been linked but both actors are already 40 and as John Belushi passed away at the age of 33 that could go against them. Personally I think the Galifianakis link is only down to Phillips been involved in this project but the more likely solution is one of the many younger actors such as Jonah Hill, Seth Rogan, Ethan Suplee or Tyler Labine grabbing the limelight.