Ferris Bueller II?
At least someone in Hollywood gets it — despite the fact that, according to Moviehole.com, a script has been written for a sequel to the 1980s, John Hughes-lovechild “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” entitled Ferris Bueller 2: Another Day Off,” star Matthew Broderick has declined any involvement or interest in the project.
He swiftly put to rest any suspicions that he may want to eventually return to the character that — to put it bluntly — made him a moviestar.
“I can’t play young rebellious guys anymore,” Broderick sighed.
And, it goes without saying, without Broderick, Ferris Bueller simply doesn’t exist. Phew. Yes, readers, I am very relieved by this news. For one, the script has been bounced around Hollywood for quite some time now, meaning that, with a franchise as inherently bankable as “Ferris Bueller,” whatever is written for Bueller’s “other day off” must be pretty bad. No one’s picking it up, and Broderick won’t even read it at all. Chalk one up for respecting history, because all a sequel would do is jeopardize the integrity of the original, one of the most classic films to come out of the 80s.
For those of you who have read Movie Chutzpah from the start — which I’m sure isn’t any of you since I took a four-month break from this because of an insanely busy semester at college — you’ll know that I’ve maintained an avid stance against films like this. “Indiana Jones,” “Rocky,” and other classic movies that are being retreated more than 20 years later are basically a terrible idea. This movies have become a part of our popular culture — everyone knows Ferris Bueller, just as they all know Indiana Jones and Rocky, and to put these characters into regurgitated and unoriginal plotlines is to soften the power that they have over our childhood and imagination.
So, bravo Broderick — a Ferris Bueller sequel would be an easy paycheck fro him to collect, really. Just show up in a leopard-print vest, do a couple of quirky monologues and sing a Beatles tune, and he’d have it. But, as we all know, it’s best for everyone — especially the fans of the original — if Ferris is just left alone. No one wants to see the most famous High School slacker ever 20 years later … it would just be depressing.