A biopic of legendary comedian John Belushi is being developed. Director and producer Todd Phillips (The Hangover) is working with screenwriter Steven Conrad (The Pursuit of Happyness) to develop the biographical film about the late actor’s life.
According to the report Warner Brothers has acquired the rights from John Belushi’s estate and the actor’s widow Judith, who published the book ‘Belushi: A Biography’ on her husband in 2005, will act as an executive producer on the movie.
Belushi was a member of the first cast of Saturday Night Live and had a brief but successful film career appearing in the hit movies ‘Animal House’ and ‘The Blues Brothers’ among others.
He is equally as famous for his wild partying and he tragically died of a drug overdose in 1982 at the Chateau Marmont Hotel in Los Angeles.
Actors being suggested for the role of Belushi include ‘The Hangover’ star Zach Galifianakis, and Jack Black, although it is believed both would be too old to play the star, who died at the age of 33.
In 2008, Black distanced himself from portraying the late comedian on screen saying, “His life is not as funny as his work, and watching me do an imitation of him doing his ‘Saturday Night Live’ bits won’t be as funny as watching him do his ‘SNL’ bits.”
A previous movie based on Bob Woodward’s 1985 book, ‘Wired: The Short Life and Fast Times of John Belushi’, was publicly boycotted by family and friends when it was released in 1989.