The greatest time period in cinematic history has to be the 80’s. Before you gag, let me just remind of you some of the classic 80’s movies that defined pop culture. The Breakfast Club, E.T., Die Hard, and of course, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off . . . and there’s talk of a sequel. Now, you’re allowed to gag. I don’t know how I feel about this. I am simultaneously appalled and guiltily excited about the possibility.
Unknown Arizona based-film writer, Rick Rapier, wrote the script for Ferris Bueller 2: Another Day Off, and he hopes to get John Hughes to direct, but at this point in time, Hughes has nothing to do with the sequel, making me more apprehensive of this possible, straight-to-DVD film. John Hughes, wrote the original script for Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and was also the 80’s mastermind behind classics such as Pretty In Pink, Some Kind of Wonderful, and Sixteen Candles.
Word on the street (aka the Internet buzz) says that the sequel supposedly begins on the eve of Ferris’ 40th birthday. Ferris now has a very accomplished self-help career, and his best friend Cameron is his business manager. When Ferris decides he wants to take the day off, Cameron and his business associates basically freak out, and it becomes a day full of fun and adventure. All of the original characters have been written in, including Sloan, Ferris’ high school girlfriend, Ferris’ sister, Jeannie, the principal who is no longer a principal, Rooney, and even the guy from the police station originally played by Charlie Sheen.
Now the chance of all characters to return and reprise their roles and have John Hughes direct looks unlikely from this vantage point, but it would be like a dream come true, for me and for Rapier. However, I can’t help but wonder why they just can’t leave the classics alone. The Ferris Bueller charm relies on the idea of the single, anything-is-possible kind of day. It doesn’t matter what happened before or after it. It’s all about carpe diem, and if we’re given a sequel, a look into the lives of these beloved characters in the present, we’ll fill in the gaps between that one, faithful day back in the 80’s, and inevitably taint its memory.
As of now, Ferris Bueller 2: Another Day Off has not been given the greenlight for production.