Cobra Kai creators Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg, and Josh Heald are spinning up another 80s nostalgia sin-off. This time they are at Paramount and it is 1986 comedy Ferris Bueller’s Day Off that they are giving the treatment to.
The spin-off is called Sam and Victor’s Day Off and it will apparently expand on a gag in the original movie and follow the same-day adventure of the valet parking attendants who took the classic Ferrari on a joy ride.
Writer and director John Hughes had originally planned for the car to be a Mercedes in the movie. He changed his mind when he saw a replica of the classic ’61 Ferrari GT in a magazine. In fact, no Ferrari’s feature in the movie at all. There were three replicas including a fiberglass shell built by Neil Glassmoyer and Mark Goyette at Modena Design and Development. This is the one that was fired out of the window.
The jump scene set to the Star Wars theme caused significant damage to one of the replicas and it was thought to have been written off after filming. It resurfaced fully repaired, years later, and in 2010 it was auctioned in London for $122,000.
The real Ferrari would have been impossible to use in the movie as they are unfeasibly expensive. There were only 56 of the 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California ever made. They are basically priceless automotive treasures. A real 250 GT California was auctioned in 2016 for $17 million, and another sold for a record $18.5 million in 2015.
Considered an 80s classic, the original Ferris Bueller’s Day Off starred Matthew Broderick, Mia Sara, and Alan Ruck in a Chicago-set, fourth wall breaking adventure. The movie featured many Chicago landmarks, including the then Sears Tower, Wrigley Field and the Art Institute of Chicago. The film was Hughes’s love letter to Chicago, the man himself saying:
“I really wanted to capture as much of Chicago as I could. Not just in the architecture and landscape, but the spirit.”
Richard Edson and Larry ‘Flash’ Jenkins starred in the roles in the original film. Bill Posley is set to write with Paul Young is producing.