Showtime producing doc about John Belushi

Filmmaker R.J. Cutler and producer John Battsek are making a feature documentary about Blues Brothers actor John Belushi (pictured) with the cooperation of the late comedian's widow.
May 24, 2016

An authorized documentary about the life and career of late comedian John Belushi (pictured) is in the works at Showtime.

The September Issue filmmaker R.J. Cutler and Passion Pictures producer John Battsek are making the film with the blessing of Belushi’s widow, Judith Belushi Pisano.

The doc will begin production in the fall with the Saturday Night Live and Blues Brothers actor’s long-time collaborator Sean Daniel serving as executive producer alongside Bill Couturie. Sky Atlantic is also on board.

In a statement, Belushi Pisano said she has been talking with Battsek, whose credits include Searching For Sugar Man and The Tillman Story, about making a film for more than a decade.

“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,” she said.

“Having Judy’s cooperation for the first time on a feature documentary of his life is very special and means we know we will be making a truly authentic film,” added Battsek. “We plan to assemble a deep and three-dimensional look into the life of a man of great complexity and talent who went on to become an American comedic icon.”

Cutler and Battsek previously collaborated on Stevan Riley’s Listen to Me Marlon, an archival doc about Hollywood icon Marlon Brando. The film also aired on Showtime.

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