Ferris Bueller Spinoff Will Be About The Movie’s Most Mysterious Characters

The Ferris Bueller's Day Off spinoff will focus on the two valets who famously take the heroes' car for an epic joyride in the 1986 film.

By Chad Langen | Published

Several weeks back, we reported Matthew Broderick’s best film is getting a spinoff. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off was released in 1986, and Paramount Pictures has tapped Cobra Kai creators Jon Hurwitz, Josh Heald, and Hayden Schlossberg for the upcoming spinoff, which is titled Sam and Victor’s Day Off. Rather than focusing on any of the lead characters, the spinoff will be about the two parking garage valets who take Cameron’s father’s 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder for an epic joyride.

The two Cobra Kai creators spilled the deets about the project in an interview with Variety While discussing Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Hurwitz said, “[T]here’s this great wish fulfillment happening with these two valets, who take this amazing Ferrari on the ultimate joyride. We only get a couple of glimpses of them leaving, cresting a giant hill, taking the car airborne and then returning it. What’s going on in their lives?”

The Ferris Bueller’s Day Off valet attendants were so mysterious, they weren’t even given official names. They were played by actors Richard Edson and Larry Jenkins; the latter of whom tragically passed away in 2019.

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Larry Jenkins and Richard Edson in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

The Cobra Kai creators talked about their approach to Sam and Victor’s Day Off, noting the similarities with their approach to the hit Netflix series, which is based on The Karate Kid, another 80s classic. They make it a point to say that they didn’t set out to remake Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, but instead, they want to further explore the story.

Hurwitz revealed that the upcoming spinoff will take place on the same day as the original movie. Sam and Victor’s Day Off may also see the return of some iconic set pieces and feature the same locations viewers saw in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. The new film sounds like it’s going to be a welcometrip down memory lane.

Written and directed by John Hughes, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off centers on a high school student, Ferris, who desperately wants a day off from school. He develops a sophisticated plan to pull it off, and he and his friends head into Chicago for the day. Of course, total chaos ensues as Ferris attempts to avoid his principal, Ed Rooney, who is hell bent on catching him.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off was released theatrically on June 11th, 1986. The film was a huge box office hit, grossing $70 million globally. The comedy starred Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Mia Sara, Charlie Sheen, Ben Stein, Jeffrey Jones, Lyman Ward, and Kristy Swanson.

Sam and Victor’s Day Off is currently without a release date, but it looks to be on the fast track at Paramount Pictures. Hurwitz, Schlossberg, and Heald are producing the Ferris Bueller’s Day Off spinoff under their Counterbalance Entertainment banner. Dina Hillier, who is the head of development for the company, serves as executive producer for the upcoming film.

Hurwitz, Schlossberg, and Heald have a lot to be excited about. In addition to being tapped for the Ferris Bueller’s Day Off spinoff, the trio serve as creators, executive producers and showrunners of the Emmy-nominated series on Netflix, Cobra Kai. The show’s fifth season premiered last week and sits with a rare 100% fresh rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes.

Considering just how successful Cobra Kai has been for the streamer, the filmmaking trio is an ideal choice for bringing the Ferris Bueller’s Day Off spinoff to life. They clearly have a love for all things 80s, and with the success of shows like Stranger Things, there’s never been a better time for the world to see Sam and Victor’s Day Off.