A new TV project about the legendary comedian John Belushi is in the works. The feature-length documentary was announced today by Showtime.
The project comes from filmmakers R.J. Cutler (“The September Issue,” “The World According to Dick Cheney”) and John Battsek (“Searching for Sugar Man,” “The Tillman Story”), who previously teamed for the Peabody Award-winning documentary “Listen to Me Marlon.”
Belushi’s widow, Judith Belushi Pisano, is involved in the production, and provided the photo below of Belushi from her private collection.
The project, directed by Cutler and produced by Battsek, is set to begin production in the fall, with longtime Belushi collaborator Sean Daniel on board as executive producer along with Bill Couturie. Cutler will also produce. The documentary will be produced in association with Sky Atlantic.
Said Judith Belushi: “John Battsek and I have been discussing the possibility of making this film for over a decade. I’m thrilled to finally embark upon that journey together with him and director R.J. 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.”