The talks of a new biopic that is set around the life of John Belushi has been talked about for many years now. Back in 2014, there was one that was set to star Emile Hirsch as Belushi and Miles Teller as Dan Aykroyd that ultimately went nowhere. And let’s not even talk about 1989’s Wired, which was boycotted by all of Belushi’s family and friends. And when another biopic was announced in December, Alex Brightman (Broadway’s Beetlejuice) was tapped to play Belushi. Well now, in order to secure financing, there’s another name in mind.
Adam Pally is the current name being thrown around to play John Belushi in the film, as is Ike Barinholtz to play the part of Dan Aykroyd and Aubrey Plaza to play the part of Belushi’s wife, Judith. The film will be directed by David Frankel (The Devil Wears Prada) from a screenplay by Steve Conrad (Wonder). Alexandra Milchanm and Scott Lambert are on board to produce the film under their Emjag Productions banner.
As much as we love the idea of keeping the legacy of John Belushi alive, the biggest hurdle has always been finding someone to properly capture the larger-than-life comedian. And after we saw what happened in 1989, it would seem essential to make sure the family is all on board for this project. So that also is something that remains to be seen. Nevertheless, we’re hopeful it all works out for the best.