One of the most celebrated comedy directors of modern times is putting together a new biopic about one of Saturday Night Live and comedy’s most infamous players.
Warner Bros. has acquired the rights to develop a biographical film about the late, great John Belushi. Director Todd Phillips (The Hangover, Old School) has been put in charge of developing the movie with screenwriter Steven Conrad. Belishi died in 1982 at the age of 33 from a drug overdose.
This will not be the first movie about Belushi’s life, investigative journalist Bob Woodward famously detailed the late comedian’s life in the 1985 biography, Wired: The Short Life and Fast Times of John Belushi. A few years later when the book was turned into the movie Wired starring Michael Chiklis both the book and the movie were publicly boycotted by Belushi’s estate, family, and friends because of its inaccuracies and therefore made little impact at the box office.
This time around, Phillips will develop the movie based on an 2005 oral history published by Belushi’s widow, Judith called Belushi: A Biography. Judith Belushi Pisano (she’s since remarried) will serve as an executive producer of the film.
All other reports are just speculation at this point. Who will play other legendary SNL colleagues like Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase, and Lorne Michaels? The biggest and obvious question of who will portray Belushi on camera is sure to be a hot debate as the movie develops. A role that hopefully will draw large amounts of comedic talent or be the impetus to search for a new face who’s talent hasn’t yet been discovered.
Who do you think would be a good call for the role?