Could a 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off' Sequel Actually Get Off the Ground?
In case you were unaware, back in 2007, there were rumblings of a script for a sequel to the classic 1986 comedy Ferris Bueller's Day Off from the late, great writer and director John Hughes. Relatively unknown screenwriter Rick Rapier was behind the script, titled Ferris Bueller 2: Another Day Off, which sees everyone's favorite high school hot shot coming up on his 40th birthday in the midst of success as a motivational speaker by way of his "Life Moves Pretty Fast" credo. With his friend Cameron at his side managing the business, all hell breaks loose when Ferris decides he wants just one more day off.
Well, not much has been heard about the project over the years, but the AV Club points out that Rapier recently updated his Twitter page about renewed interest in the sequel. The writer said, "Wish I could tweet names of people reading my Ferris Bueller sequel. Your jaw would drop. I'm stoked!" In addition, the writer had this to say to the aptly titled Trapped in the 80's blog at TampaBay.com:
"There is definite interest in my Ferris sequel. Big name production companies that have first-look production deals with Paramount are reading the script. Your readers would know either their names or have seen movies they've produced, some of them classics. We have high hopes that one or more will take an interest, and that Paramount brass will go for it on their advice."
Interest in the project is far from a done deal in Hollywood, so we shouldn't get up in arms about the sequel just yet. Honestly, I wouldn't be so vehemently opposed to a sequel if the original cast came back, but it's hard to replace John Hughes and bring back that signature comedy magic of the original. In addition, there are certain elements of the script that just seem silly. For example, Principal Edward Rooney is still after Ferris for some odd reason. However, there's the chance for the recent popularity of a certain troubled actor to generate more interest as Charlie Sheen's druggie character is married to Ferris' sister Jeannie. Yeah, I really don't care to see that.
Really, this just feels like a nostalgic cash grab that could never live up to the original.There's a slight chance that this could have the tone of a great mid-life crisis, indie dramedy of sorts, but I'm doubting it. If you want to get a taste of the potential sequel, the first twelve pages of Rapier's script have been posted at the aforementioned blog right here. Though they're not terrible, I just don't think it's right to taint the greatness that John Hughes left behind in Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Personally, I hope this doesn't happen at all and Hollywood is smart enough to realize that it's just not a good idea. What do you think?