As reported by Variety earlier today, Paramount Pictures look set to be dragging another long-dead film back into the forefront of the public eye in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Directed by John Hughes, the original followed Bueller and his best friend Cameron, as they decided enough was enough and they wanted a day off from high school, and instead got themselves into all sorts of trouble and hi-jinks.
Do We Need Another Spin-Off?
Tentatively titled ‘Sam and Victor’s Day Off’, the film is a spin-off focusing on two previously unnamed valets in the original film. They took Cameron’s red Ferrari on a joy ride, and as the story is due to be set on the same day as the original film, it’s a sure bet we’ll see more of this transpire.
It’s worth saying at this point, that the film is thirty-six years old, and the two characters were played by Richard Edson and the late Larry Jenkins. For obvious reasons a recast will be required for the spin-off, but do we really need it? I don’t hear anyone screaming for an expansion in the Bueller universe, which isn’t to say it won’t be good, but it’s not exactly warranted.
Cobra Kai Producers On Board
Some positive news regarding this development is the talent that’s on board so far, with John Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg, and Josh Heald all attached. These three were the driving force behind the truly fantastic Cobra Kai show, which in itself, was touted as an unnecessary expansion of the Karate Kid film series, but has long since proven itself an amazing standalone project, as well as a faithful add-on to the films before it. Attached to write the Ferris Bueller spin-off is Bill Posley, a writer on the same Cobra Kai show, so it’s fair to say there’ll be plenty of people with experience in bringing 80’s classics back to the big screen involved.
Fans Of The Original Are Not On Board
It’s easy to understand why fans of the original are less than impressed, with Twitter users venting their frustration and annoyance at the prospect of besmirching another fondly thought of film from our younger days.
No no no no
— Jack (@jmiller617) August 19, 2022
— Sohail Shah (@KingOfSunshine) August 19, 2022
pls dont stain the reputation
— stefen (@senpaistefen) August 19, 2022
While we can say the subjects of the Ferris Bueller spin-off are a little head-scratching in their choices, we’ll reserve judgment on it until we see it. At this point, it’s still in early pre-production, with no script, director, or actors attached. Let’s hope it’s more Cobra Kai level of quality and less pretty much any other spin-off-from-a-long-dead-film quality.