Could a 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off' Sequel Actually Get Off the Ground?

June 13, 2011
Source: AV Club

Ferris Bueller's Day Off

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

"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?

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  • Mrjzn
    Absolute horseshit. Leave the classics alone Hollywood. What's next? A sequel to Bladerunner? Or Saving Private Ryan 2? /facepalm
    • Agreed. Corporate greed at it's highest. What reason would a sequel need to be done? What other places can that story be taken? Is it possible he took other days off from 18 to 40? Hell, I've taken plenty of days off myself, and I'm not talking about the scheduled days. I'm sure Ferris has as well, and I'm willing to bet each time he played sick and skipped work his antics got worse. I'm sure he just couldn't get enough and always had to make his unscheduled days off more and more wild to satisfy his craving.  If I put a movie title to the craziest time I played sick and took an unscheduled day off (Starring Ferris as me of course) my movie would be called "Ferris Bueller's Day Off With A Hand Job Behind The House and Public Restroom Upper Decker While Peeing On Your Ex-Girlfriend's Car Seat Revenge".
      • Jericho
        its not that he is taking another day off, its that hes taking it off at the worst time possible... didn't you read? 'With his friend Cameron at his side managing the business, all hell breaks loose when Ferris decides he wants just one more day off.'
        • Yes. I did read smartass. I apologize for not studying the text on this page like it was the word of God. I'll try to do better. Will you forgive me?
        • "...when Ferris decides he wants just one more day off." Same difference, btw.
    • Anonymous
      no no didn't you hear schindler's list 2 comes out next year 😛
    • Chris
      "Leave the classics alone Hollywood." - You know the original will still exist if this film is made, right? There's no forced exchange program where you're only allowed to have one 'Bueller' film in the universe at one time. I'm fairly sure no-one will be frog-marching you at gunpoint into the cinema to see it, either.
    • Jeremiah Johnson
      Why do a sequel? The first one sucked
  • Jericho
    if it actually comes up to a trailer...THEN ill watch the original, but until then i don't care.......
  • Boon
    Cameron created Ferris in his mind. /Mind blown
  • Rops
    I'd watch it. Broderick needs some work I'm sure.
  • Anonymous
    No. Just... no. Dumbest idea I've ever heard.
    • Cruzer
    • Or the greatest? Ok, I can't do it. You're right. Moronic.
    • Jeremiah johnson
      The dumbest idea is the remake of Rocky Horror Picture Show  
  • Ha ha, but no. I reckon his friend Cameron would have actually topped himself by the time they were 40. Maybe Charlie Sheen could be in it again though.
  • finn
    where's Mia Sara?
  • Matt
    They can make it, but I will never bring myself to watch it... The original is one of (if not) my favorite movie of all time.
  • cinemabandit
    If I were writing it, I would start by following Ferris in his daily life as it has become, in a senior corporate role that has, over time, stifling.  The Ferris we once knew as carefree, is now harried by the stress of his role, and a shadow of his former self.  He gets an e-mail from Cameron, which he opens and reads..... "Did you hear Ed Roonie died?" We then pick up the story at Ed Roonie's funeral, where we find out that Roonie had removed the stick out of his ass, and embraced a freedom that he thought he could not have, and that he had Ferris to thank for it, and this serves as the catalyst for Cameron and Sloane to goad Ferris to be the anti hero we all idolised, just for one more day, and to have the freedom we all wish we could have. Just imagine a scene where we see Matt Broderick, a shell in a suit, get that twinkle back in his eyes after such a long hiatus.
  • Dominic
    The way this guy (the writer) tries to up sell his script just makes me laugh, and that title... oh dear god, this was more than a teen movie!! I loved the original and I bank on this one going straight to dvd!
  • Moviekid
    Charlie thinks that this is a winning idea! Eh.........
  • WOW....what wont they try to ruin ?
  • It can get off the ground, then plummet back to Earth.
  • Voice of Reason
    Nostalgic cash grab. Bingo.
  • Boni-4ever
    I don't understand all this complainings. I wanna see more of Ferris, if the movie is horseS, then I'll just leave it, and keep watching only the original as if the sequel never existed. I'm sick of all these "leave the originals alone", just pretend the sequels don't exist, SEQUELS WILL NEVER RUIN THE ORIGINAL. THE ORIGINAL IS SAFE FOREVER.
  • If it has the same cast, I'd give it a shot.
  • Guest1
    I hope its in 3D!!!!
    • NICK S.
      haha, i hope that was sarcasm.
  • Lamar
    Eh, I'd see it.
  • Anonymous
    I didn't like the original so I don't give a fuck.
  • norm
    40? Isn't Matthew Broderick in his 50s now?
  • jah p
    Hell No!!Don't do it!No remakes, No sequels to Ferris please!!
  • Kaye Mills
    I would strictly and vehemently object to a remake, but a sequel? I might be persuaded. 
  • Anonymous
    Sounds like a horrible pitch for a sequel. No thanks.
  • The problem is as a successful adult you can simply schedule a day off, especially if you are your own boss like a motivational speaker. The point of the original was that as a kid your forced to go to school.
  • Steve Spears
    The blog is Stuck in the '80s. Not Trapped in the '80s. Might want to fix that.
  • Jedibilly
    So, we get to see older Matthew Broderick back and his character is married to his wife played by the ugly horseface with warts on her chin Jessica Sarah Parker. LOL!
  • Quincy
    There's arguments for and against, and while I wouldn't ever want to see a sequel it doesn't mean it'd be the end of all time if it happened - however please, please, please, not from this script. This is a terrible piece of writing - really uncomfortable, stagnant and painful in the way it shoehorns in as many references from the the first film as possible. It's actually depressed me, that something of this quality could be taken "seriously" a contender.
  • I think Broderick is way beyond turning 40 now. The last time i saw him, he looked like a fat and frumpy 50 yr old.
  • Devin8624
    I think make a sequel but about maybe ferris' kid havin a crazy night or sumthn.. I seen I LOVE YOU BETH COOPER with (Camren) as the guys dad and thought it'd b a great idea to c Ferris Bueller with a kid as brilliant as he was lol
  • P1
    Why not just have him working some job that's not his business and taking a day off and having to talk Cameron into coming along again who is diagnosed with hypochondria and he has to dodge his boss this time. Edward Rooney could be written back in but could now work as a debt collector or something and is chasing Ferris down. There are a plethora of options and scenarios to a sequel. I'd love to see it such for the sake of it.
  • Potkeatleblack
  • JAIE
    DO IT!!!
  • Lord Nelson
    Listen I know the writer, I am a close friend, and I personally read every script and treatment he has done for the sequal. ITS AMAZING!! Hughes would be proud!! Its not ruined at all, it is the perfect sequal!!
  • P1
    Yeah, I know the writer also and I too am a close friend. Real close. So close it's not funny and we all know that anybody that has anything to do with the film industry knows how to spell sequel. Or is it Sequail or sequal.   LOL
  • Lord Nelson
    Typo 😉 Thank You for pointing that out to me. Now if you want the script email me.




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