The film is set in and around Chicago , Illinois , where it was filmed. The film's screenplay was written by Aykroyd and Landis. The story is a tale of redemption for paroled convict Jake and his blood brother Elwood, who set out on "a mission from God" to save from foreclosure the Catholic orphanage in which they were raised. Along the way, they are targeted by a homicidal "mystery woman", Neo-Nazis , and a country and western band—all while being relentlessly pursued by the police. Universal Studios , which had won the bidding war for the film, was hoping to take advantage of Belushi's popularity in the wake of Saturday Night Live , Animal House , and the Blues Brothers' musical success; it soon found itself unable to control production costs. The start of filming was delayed when Aykroyd, new to film screenwriting, took six months to deliver a long and unconventional script that Landis had to rewrite before production, which began without a final budget. On location in Chicago, Belushi's partying and drug use caused lengthy and costly delays that, along with the destructive car chases depicted onscreen, made the final film one of the most expensive comedies ever produced.
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