It’s Thursday, so it’s time to remake an 80s classic TV show or movie with an all-new cast. This week: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, the 1986 John Hughes flick about how the coolest kid in school plays hooky.
(If you have a suggestion for an 80s TV show or movie we should play with, feel free to email me.)
The original cast featured:
Ferris Bueller: Matthew Broderick
Cameron Frye: Alan Ruck
Sloane Peterson: Mia Sara
Principal Ed Rooney: Jeffrey Jones
Jeanie Bueller: Jennifer Grey
Katie Bueller (Mom): Cindy Pickett
Tom Bueller (Dad): Lyman Ward
Grace, the Secretary: Edie McClurg
It would be a lot of fun to not remake the film but make a sequel in which we catch up with Ferris — did he marry Sloane? are their kids now making him crazy? or did he not peak in high school, as he seemed to fear he would (which is how it seemed to us, too)? did he go on to greater mischief? But that would be easy to cast, of course: just get Broderick and Sara and Ruck back. Not that I think any of them would be up for it… but we’re dreaming here, right?
Now, if we were to update the film, make it about high-schoolers today, that would require a shift in tone as well as a great new young cast. Today’s Ferris wouldn’t be complaining about getting a computer when he wanted a car, for one: he’d have both, plus a cell phone and a Blackberry and an iPod and every other damn hot gizmo. And it would be even harder for him to sneak away for a day off, because not only would he have to blow off school but karate class, French tutoring, soccer practice, and a dozen other scheduled events his parents have filled his day with. Perhaps the idea of a day off, of a day not filled with preprogrammed faux playtime would be an alien concept to our 21st-century Ferris…
Here’s my dream cast for the update:
Ferris Bueller: Jamie Bell
Cameron Frye: Michael Cera
Sloane Peterson: Alexis Bledel
Principal Ed Rooney: Steve Zahn
Jeanie Bueller: Kristen Stewart
Katie Bueller (Mom): Lena Headey
Tom Bueller (Dad): Jack Coleman
Grace, the Secretary: Wanda Sykes
I like the idea of the new Ferris’s parents being kinda drill-sergeant-ish, which you could get with Headey (see her in Sarah Connor Chronicles) and Coleman (Horn-Rimmed Guy in Heroes). Ferris could be trying to escape not just from school but from the regimentation of his entire life… if just for a day.