October 23rd, 2013
12:02 PM ET
It appears the search is on for a soul man who can wear a toga.
A biopic of famed "Saturday Night Live" star John Belushi is in the works after years of being in development limbo over at Warner Bros., according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The film was originally a studio project of "The Hangover" director Todd Phillips, with Steve Conrad, the writer of the upcoming "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," putting together a script. However, the film will now reportedly be produced as an indie film with Conrad directing rather than writing.
As far as who will play the renowned Blues Brother himself, Conrad has met with Emile Hirsch ("Into The Wild") and Adam DeVine from Comedy Central's "Workaholics" to discuss the part. Joaquin Phoenix - who has already gone down the biopic road portraying Johnny Cash in "Walk The Line" - has also been connected to the role.
Nelson Franklin (whom you would recognize as a guest star on "The Office" and "New Girl") is also in talks to play the other half of the "Blues Brothers," while Dan Aykroyd is on board the film as a producer along with Belushi's widow, Judy Belushi Pisano.
According to people close to the film, the biopic plans to tell a full story of Belushi's rise to fame from playing Samurai Futaba on "Saturday Night Live" and Bluto in "Animal House" to his tragic death at the age of 33.
The plan is to start shooting in New York City next spring.
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