Earlier this year, it was revealed that Dan Aykroyd and Judy Belushi are producing a potential Blues Brothers animated series that will once again follow the musical exploits of Jake and Elwood Blues, whom the late John Belushi and Aykroyd originally portrayed on Saturday Night Live and the classic Blues Brothers movie in 1980. If the show goes forward, it’s gonna need some writers. And one intrepid screenwriter is throwing his hat in early!
Via AVClub, Keith Saltojanes created a twitter page for his Blues Brothers animated spec pilot and he proceeded to act out all of the parts with multiple accounts over the course of seven days. It’s a unique approach to getting his script read, although it’s one that’s bound to be imitated several times over. Within the story, Jake and Elwood are roped into a musical mission from God, with appearances by the almighty himself; in addition to the the shape changing seemingly supernatural nun, Sister Mary Stigmata; and Johnny Cash. Along the way, there’s a signature Blues Brothers car chase and a few appearances by the band. We should also mention that the script was set in 1976, a few years before the original film.
Here’s a brief sample:
[The group yells and throws a lit torch into the back seat of the Bluesmobile, which Jake puts out.]
— Blues Brothers TV (@BluesBrothersTV) September 8, 2016
Who are these guys, I wish there was some kind of warning.
— Elwood Blues (@ElwoodBluesTV) September 3, 2016
The Americans Against Music. — Breaking News (@RadioNewsReport) September 3, 2016
Oh. — Elwood Blues (@ElwoodBluesTV) September 3, 2016
[Just then the Bikers come up and surround the AAM group who are surrounding the Blue Brothers.] — Blues Brothers TV (@BluesBrothersTV) September 8, 2016
And I’d say those are the Hell’s Angels… — Elwood Blues (@ElwoodBluesTV) September 3, 2016
You can read the entire script here, but just remember to scroll all the way down the bottom for the first post. If the Blues Brothers animated series finds a home, we think that the theme song should be their rendition of “Soul Man.”
What did you think about the Blues Brothers spec script? You’re on a mission from God, so leave a comment below!
Image: Universal Pictures