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Sunday 20 April 2014

Phillips' 'renegade' Belushi biopic

Todd Phillips is making a film about John Belushi

Todd Phillips is planning a "renegade" approach to the highly anticipated biopic about late comedian John Belushi.

While the film is still in early stages, The Hangover director-producer is looking to surprise viewers and "capture the spirit" of the Blues Brothers actor, who passed away in a drug-related accident in March 1982.

"Our goal is to capture the spirit of Belushi, not necessarily make a straight-ahead biopic - our goal is not to do a traditional biopic approach with it that people expect, whether you're talking about Walk The Line or Ray," he told MTV.

"We want to make a movie that, if John Belushi saw it, he would be happy that it captured his spirit. Sometimes I feel that they don't entirely capture the spirit of the person they're about."

Todd went on to say: "We haven't nailed it yet. It's in early stages. We're trying to take a very renegade approach to who I think was one of the most renegade comedy actors of all time."

The Pursuit Of Happyness writer Steve Conrad is working with Todd on the story, and they haven't decided on the actor who would play John on screen yet, although names like Jack Black, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen and Zach Galifianakis have been bandied about.

"It's about nailing the script down at this point. If it's a new face or if it's someone people are familiar with, we haven't figured that out yet," he explained.

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