In another example that Hollywood has not actually run out of ideas but, in reality, is too lazy to come up with anything new, the 80s classic Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is getting a spin-off. Having seen both viewer and critical success with the Karate Kid series Cobra Kai, creators Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg, and Josh Heald realized they could milk even MORE out of the content from the Greed Decade. It took us 40 years but we’re finally getting around to seeing the John Hughes Universe come to life!
For those of you who don’t recall the film or are too young to know what a “Ferris Bueller” is (a high-end kitchenware brand?), the story is basically about a teenager who skips school and gets into shenanigans around the vibrant city of Chicago, all while bullying his best friend. If you’re hoping to see Matthew Broderick show us what happens to the cool kids from high school once they hit 60, don’t hold your breath. The spin-off isn’t going to center on the famous Ferris or his friends. The show won’t even be about the principal or Ferris’s sister. Deadline tells us that it’s going to be about the two valets who took Cameron’s sports car for a spin. At last, we get THEIR story!
A spinoff of the 1986 John Hughes film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is in the works at Paramount Pictures titled Sam and Victor’s Day Off from Cobra Kai creators Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg, and Josh Heald. Bill Posley (Bitch Ass) is set to write the film.
Sam and Victor’s Day Off will follow the same-day adventure of the titular valets who took the Ferrari on a joy ride in the Matthew Broderick-starrer.
In the original film, the valet attendants were not given official names. They were played by Richard Edson and Larry “Flash” Jenkins, who died in 2019.
There’s no word from the stars of the original film about their thoughts on the spin-off. Now that de-aging technology looks so seamless and realistic, we can probably expect some cameos from Matthew, Alan Ruck (Cameron), and Mia Sara (Sloane). I’ll hold my criticism on Sam and Victor’s Day Off for now. After all, Cobra Kai is cheesy fun and the creators managed to flip the story on its head. Who would’ve though that we could all learn to hate the loveable Danny LaRusso? However, instead of the valets, they should have done a Cameron spin-off. He was a depressed teenager with an asshole for a best friend that went THROUGH IT in the film. It’s very relatable. And since Alan Ruck is currently starring in Succession, the could producers could shoehorn a good old-fashioned crossover that was all the rage in the 80s. That’s the one thing that was missing from the original movie: Logan Roy telling Ferris to fuck off!