Into the Wild star Emile Hirsch will play John Belushi in the upcoming biopic about the late actor's life, THR reports. Steve Conrad wrote the script and will direct the independent film, which will focus on Belushi's life during his SNL/Blues Brothers fame and his shocking death. Joaquin Phoenix and Workaholics's Adam DeVine were also reported to have met with the director about taking the role.
Conrad's previous writing credits include The Weather Man, The Pursuit of Happyness, and Ben Stiller's upcoming Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Unlike the last Belushi biopic, 1989's Michael Chiklis-starring Wired, the new one has the approval of the comedian's friends and family. His widow Judy Belushi [...]
Last month, Paul Rudd, Emile Hirsch, and director David Gordon Green (The Sitter, Pineapple Express) were in Austin shooting Prince Avalanche, a remake of the Icelandic road comedy Either Way. (Yes, Iceland has comedies. Yes, Iceland has roads; it isn't just people ice-skating everywhere, I think.) The weird part is they didn't tell anyone. Maybe they were scared all the Icelandic road comedy fans would mob the set. Maybe there actually isn't a movie and they were just driving around looking for the shooting locations of television's Friday Night Lights. Either Way is described as follows:
"In the remote north of Iceland in the 1980s, Finnbogi and Alfred [...]