After four years of development and production, Belushi, the authorized biopic of comedy legend John Belushi will premier on Showtime this November. The documentary is helmed by R.J. Cutler and features never-before-seen photos of Belushi, provided by his widow Judy Belushi Pisano.
Apart from the photos, the movie explores Belushi’s prolific movie and television career as well as his personal life. It includes interviews with a myriad of family members, friends, and colleagues such as Dan Aykroyd, Jim Belushi, Penny Marshall, Lorne Michaels, Carrie Fisher, Chevy Chase, Harold Ramis, Jane Curtin, Ivan Reitman, and Belushi’s widow Judy.
In the synopsis released by Showtime, the Network wrote: “From his early years growing up in Wheaton, Illinois, John Belushi showed an extraordinary talent for comedy and music. It was a visit to the Second City theater in Chicago where he discovered his true calling, and from that moment John became an unstoppable and pioneering force in the comedy world. From National Lampoon’s Lemmings and Radio Hour to one of the founding cast members on Saturday Night Live, his insatiable drive kept the candle burning at both ends”.
The Synopsis continues: “But as John’s fame grew, so did his demons, and not even Judy could save him from the drug use that would eventually take his life. This film captures the complicated and singular essence of a beloved American icon who changed culture and comedy forever.”
Belushi will air on Showtime on November 22nd.