There have been countless proposals for a follow-up to John Hughes’ classic ’80s hit “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” over the years. A project on sister Jeannie (Jennifer Grey’s character) was floated at one stage, there was a spec floating about fixing on Ferris (Matthew Broderick) taking a day off from work in his ’40s, and even Hughes himself is rumored to have flirted with a sequel – only he couldn’t get Matthew Broderick to agree to reprise Bueller.
Gotta say though, this is one idea we haven’t heard before.
Not surprisingly, it hails from the noggins of the creative gents over on “Cobra Kai”, the small-screen series that breathed new life into the anachronistic “Karate Kid” series (and, to a lesser extent, the “American Pie” movies with “American Reunion”).
Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg, and Josh Heald are producing “Sam and Victor’s Day Off”, a spin-off following the same-day adventure of the titular valets who took Cameron’s (Alan Ruck) dad’s Ferrari on a joy ride in the 1986 film. The valets, who didn’t have names in the original film, were played by Richard Edson and the late Larry “Flash” Jenkins, who died in 2019.
“Ferris Bueller’s Day Off was epic. But the valets who stole Cameron’s dad’s car had a pretty insane day too. It’s time for their story to be told”, Hurwitz said on Twitter.
“Cobra Kai” EP Bill Posley (who, funnily enough, also had a podcast called ‘Sequel’s Revenge’ where he and his co-hosts would dream up sequels to hit movies) wrote thew script for the pic which could only hope to make the type of green the original film did – $70.7 million off of a $5 million budget.
The new film is being produced by Paramount but it isn’t stated whether it’s being made as a theatrical release or streaming premiere.
Side Note : We have seen a couple of sorta-follow-ups to “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” – first, a short-lived TV series with Charlie Schlatter and Jennifer Aniston in the Broderick and Grey roles; there was also a commercial in which Broderick did come back to play the iconic school-wagger.