The Script is Written, but is a Ferris Bueller's Day Off Sequel Really on the Horizon?

The Script is Written, but is a Ferris Bueller's Day Off Sequel Really on the Horizon?

Jun 10, 2011

If you grew up in the ‘80s, like many of us here at the site did, you undoubtedly have fond memories of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. John Hughes’ film about Ferris and friends’ adventures while skipping school has become something of a cultural touchstone for those of us who came of age in that era. It’s one of the rare films (like all of Hughes’ filmography, really) that still holds up even watching it as we near our 40th birthdays.

The strangest thing about Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is that the film never spawned a sequel. Arizona-based screenwriter Rick Rapier is hoping to remedy that oversight with his new script, tentatively titled Ferris Bueller 2: Another Day Off. Tampabay.com has the first twelve pages of the new script for your perusal, should you be curious about what Ferris and Cameron have been up to over the past two decades.

The gist of it is that Ferris has taken his “live for the moment” credo and, with Cameron’s help, turned himself into a Tony Robbins’ styled life coach. As the script opens, Ferris is fabulously wealthy, but also just shy of his 40th birthday and feeling shackled by the golden handcuffs his work has placed around his wrists.

During the span of the twelve pages posted online, we learn that Ferris and Cameron’s relationship hasn’t changed much – and that both guys are still basically the same people they were back on that spring afternoon. The two bicker like an old married couple, but the script works in plenty of references to the original film – maybe too many. Spotting all the winks to Ferris Bueller’s Day Off in the pages on display is daunting and almost feels like overkill. We love FBDO, but we also hope a new Ferris Bueller flick would be able to stand on its own two feet without constantly reminding us of the highly touted original.

Steve Spears, who’s read the entire script, says that it’s the kind of screenplay that builds and gets better as it goes – which is promising. The first twelve pages aren’t bad – they just trade a little too heavily on our sense of nostalgia in my opinion.

Rapier says interest in the project is currently high, and that “Big name production companies that have first-look production deals with Paramount are reading the script.” His hopes are that one of them will take an active interest in developing the project and bring Paramount into the fold.

Whether that happens or not remains to be seen, but at the very least it’s interesting to know that someone out there has imagined what Ferris has done with his life. Would you want a sequel to Ferris Bueller’s Day Off or are content to just revisit the original? Personally, we’re pretty torn on this one and could go either way. 

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