Alan Ruck, who starred as Cameron in John Hughes’ Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, has pitched a sequel idea that involves an escape from a nursing home.
Actor Alan Ruck, who starred as Cameron in John Hughes’ smash-hit 1986 comedy Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, has pitched an idea for a sequel set in a nursing home. The debate over whether or not the classic comedy needs a sequel or even a reboot has taken place for years.
As with most of Hughes’ films, Ferris Bueller takes place in Chicago and its suburbs. Matthew Broderick starred as the eponymous Bueller, a truant yet highly charismatic and fast-thinking teen who was willing to take major risks just to avoid going to school. After managing to fool his parents (yet again) that he just wasn’t well enough to face a day of study, Bueller sneaks off to coerce his best friend Cameron (Ruck) to join him. Together they come up with the perfect plan to rescue Bueller’s girlfriend Sloane (Mia Sara) from school, leaving them free to explore Chicago at their leisure. It’s a film where one good thing seems to effortlessly lead to the next for Bueller, though eventually, the challenges of playing hooky become all too real to ignore. Highly regarded by critics and audiences, it remains one of the late John Hughes’ most revered works.
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Though a sequel has consistently failed to materialize and seemed a moot point after Hughes’ sudden death in 2009, some still continue to maintain hope. It has been a while since anyone beyond fans have said anything about the possibility – or even what a Ferris Bueller sequel could look like, but Ruck has now gone ahead and given his two cents on the matter. While speaking with PeopleTV on their Couch Surfing segment, Ruck spoke of his own idea for a Ferris Bueller sequel that takes place in a nursing home when Ferris and Cameron are in their seventies. The idea is just a basic outline, but it’s sure to reignite hopes for a sequel:
“There are always little rumors, and different writers will come up to [me] at parties or awards shows and say, ‘I’ve got a great idea’, and then you never hear anything more about it. Back in the day, John Hughes talked to Matthew briefly about maybe having Ferris go to college. I always thought they should wait until Matthew and I are in our 70s. Cameron’s in a nursing home, and Ferris comes and breaks him out!”
The idea is one of many that has existed over the years, but one person who was never in favor of making a sequel was Broderick. Apparently, the now 58-year-old Broderick has long felt that it wasn’t necessary to make a sequel. Perhaps this is one of the reasons why the film remains so popular even today. Having carved out its own sense of time and place, the idea of moving on and further exploring the lives of the characters seems unnecessary. Everything audiences needed to know about Bueller, his family, and friends, was all answered the first time around, leaving few questions to be answered in any type of sequel. Whether or not Ruck is serious about wanting to pursue a sequel is difficult to say for certain, but at any rate, there’s still over a decade to go before Broderick is in his seventies.
Most important of all in this, however, is that Hughes is no longer alive. It’s quite hard to believe that many fans of the late filmmaker would feel good about making a Ferris Bueller’s Day Off sequel at this point. Other films have carried on with sequel attempts despite their original directors being deceased, but in the case of this film, it seems wrong to attempt to recreate something that can only ever truly exist in Hughes’ cinematic world.
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