HANGOVER Director Takes on John Belushi Biopic
Todd Phillips, the director and producer of “The Hangover,” is planning to team up with screenwriter Steven Conrad to put together a biopic about comedic legend John Belushi. After a long, drawn out process Warner Bros. eventually secured the rights to Belushi’s life story from his family estate.
Belushi was born in Chicago and was a member of the Second City comedy troupe. He burst onto the national stage as an original cast member on “Saturday Night Live” from 1975 to 1979. He left “SNL” to pursue a feature film career full time and went on to star in “National Lampoon’s Animal House,” “1941,” “The Blues Brothers,” “Continental Divide,” and “Neighbors.” Belushi’s life was cut tragically short however as he passed away after a drug overdose in 1982 at the age of 33.
Conrad’s work includes writing the script for “The Pursuit of Happyness.” Phillips is not attached to direct the film just yet, but he will produce regardless. Belushi’s widow Judith Belushi Pisano, now remarried, will be an executive producer on the project.