John Belushi is one of those people who may not have been super famous for all that long, but given his hand in some of the most integral comedy franchises of the 20th century (Saturday Night Live, The Blues Brothers, and Animal House) his legacy will last a lifetime.
Today, Showtime announced a September 27th release date for Belushi, a new documentary that will follow the late performer’s life and tragic death. The official announcement reads “Using previously unheard audiotapes recorded shortly after John Belushi’s death, director R.J. Cutler’s documentary feature examines the too-short life of the once-in-a-generation talent who captured the hearts and funny bones of devoted audiences.”
“Belushi was one of my very first heroes. At a time when film, television, and music were undergoing tectonic shifts within American culture, he was at the center of it all,” said Cutler in a statement back when the project was first announced in 2016. “At that moment, he had the number one show on television, the number one film at the box office, and the number one record on the charts. We plan to explore his unique genius and how his creative influence is still making an impact to this moment.”
“John Battsek [one of the filmmakers] and I have been discussing the possibility of making this film for over a decade,” said Judy Belushi in a statement back in 2016. “ I’m thrilled to finally embark upon that journey together with him and director RJ Cutler. Passion Pictures is poised to make the definitive documentary on John Belushi – a man who not only had a profound effect on the comedy landscape of America, but also made an indelible mark on the social fabric of his time which continues to reverberate today.”
John Belushi is certainly deserving of a documentary. He will forever remain one of the most dynamic, charismatic, and influential comedians who ever graced the stage and screen. So we can’t wait to see this!