Todd Phillips Has Himself a John Belushi Biopic

August 12, 2010

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Prepare your drug montages and onstage laughter quickly devolving to dramatic offstage tears and anger: it's time for a John Belushi biopic. THR tells us Todd Phillips--of Road Trip, Old School, and The Hangover fame--is producing the picture for Warner Bros., who recently acquired the rights to the life story from Belushi's estate. Steven Conrad, who wrote the mawkish Will Smith/Child Smith-starring biopic The Pursuit of Happyness, will lend his super-inspirational touch and poor spelling to the script.

Belushi's life has previously been adapted to the screen with 1989's Wired, which placed The Shield in the lead role--but now that we have so many popular, overweight comic actors, I think we're all expecting a Jack Black or shaved Zach Galifianakis or someone to step up to prove how well they can spiral out of control while also doing a great Samurai Futaba. Oooh, maybe Phillips can get his Due Date collaborator Robert Downey Jr. to gain a bunch of weight and draw from his personal drug abuse history? That's an Oscar waiting to happen.

What's that? No, Jim Belushi, you can't be in it. Get back to the vacant set of According to Jim, where we keep you.

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