Matthew Broderick’s Best Film Is Getting A Spinoff

Matthew Broderick's most iconic film is getting a long overdue spin-off from some people with 1980s experience.

By Nathan Kamal | Published

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In the 1980s, Matthew Broderick became the epitome of cool. He probably did not know it when he was cast as the title character in 1986’s John Hughes teen classic comedy Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, but he would be forever associated with the character and his laidback, effortless charm. However, it seems like there is interest in what else was going on during that fateful day in Chicago when Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, and Mia Sara experience all the joys of life. Thus a spin-off of the Matthew Broderick comedy titled Sam and Victor’s Day Off is currently in development by the creators of the unexpectedly popular Cobra Kai. 

According to Deadline, Sam and Victor’s Day Off will follow two minor but distinctive characters from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, who actually did not even have names in the original Matthew Broderick film. In this new spin-off, Sam and Victor are the parking garage attendants who go for a joyride when entrusted with Alan Ruck’s character Cameron’s father’s 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder. While we see little of the pair in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, one scene of the pair (portrayed by character actors Richard Edson and Larry “Flash” Jenkins) speeding mid-air in the Ferrari to the strains of the Star Wars theme indicates they had a pretty good time that day. Presumably, Sam and Victor’s Day Off will be something of the Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead to Matthew Broderick’s Prince Hamlet, though likely with a bit less existential angst and 1980s references. 

Sam and Victor’s Day Off is being developed by Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg, and Josh Heald. The trio is best known for creating Cobra Kai, the comedy-drama streaming series sequel to the 1980s martial arts franchise The Karate Kid. It makes a lot of sense the three would have their eyes set on another iconic 1980s work, so we will just have to see what they make of it. Regrettably, Larry “Flash” Jenkins died in 2019, so there will presumably only be archival footage of him, and most likely both characters will be recast with younger actors. The script for Sam and Victor’s Day Off is being written by Bill Posley (a veteran of Cobra Kai himself), and is being produced by Counterbalance Entertainment and Make Good Content.

We recently featured Ferris Bueller’s Day Off as the best comedy of the 1980s, in large part due to the effortless charm of Matthew Broderick and his chemistry with Alan Ruck and Mia Sara. In the years after Ferris Bueller, it would often seem like Matthew Broderick has chosen characters that struck a contrast to the iconically chill teenager. In particular, roles in movies like The CableGuy, Election, and The Producers allowed Matthew Broderick to present himself as the opposite of Ferris Bueller: a nervous, jittery loser of an adult man. It will be interesting to see if Sam and Victor’s Day Off finds a way to sneak a Matthew Broderick cameo in there.