Matthew Broderick is reprising his most famous character, Ferris Bueller, for a 2012 Super Bowl commercial. The actor shot to fame playing the underachieving high school senior in John Hughes’ 1986 comedy classic Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Now a mysterious video posted on YouTube indicates he’s bringing back the famous slacker.
Ferris Bueller will soon get another day off.
Broadway alum Matthew Broderick is reviving cinema’s most lovable slacker 25 years after his introduction on the silver screen.
Tattling tipsters tell TV Guide that Broderick will be back in the beloved role he originated in the 1986 teen comedy Ferris Bueller’s Day Off for a commercial premiering on Super Bowl Sunday.
The cult favorite, directed by late Brat Pack filmmaker John Hughes, featured a young Broderick as Ferris Bueller, a philosophical but mischievous Chicago teen. He plots the perfect day of hooky-playing, with his best friend Cameron Frye (Alan Ruck) and girlfriend Sloane Peterson (Mia Sara) riding shotgun.
Of course, Ferris’ fun comes much to the chagrin of his obsessed principal, Mr. Rooney (Jeffrey Jones).
So far, all we’ve seen is a 10-second YouTube teaser of the new commercial, posted under an account named “ChuckaChucka 2012.” TV Guide notes that the phrase is a reference to Yello’s 1985 song, “Oh Yeah” — which played over the end credits of the movie.
In the clip, Broderick wakes up and draws open the curtains before remarking, “How can I handle work on a day like today?” The phrase is an echo of his famous Bueller line, “How can I possibly be expected to handle school on a day like this?”
The video was posted with the note, “We hate to be such a tease, but on a day like today, we just have to. Stick it out until the Super Bowl or take a ‘day off’ on Monday and catch the big reveal.”
Ferris’ return will likely come as music to the ears of ’80s film fans, many of which have long lobbied for a follow-up to the original movie. Last year, Arizona-based screenwriter Rick Rapier reportedly piqued the interest of various Hollywood studios when he penned a sequel to Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
Rapier’s proposed film would follow Ferris, now quickly approaching 40, as he navigates through life after high school. He’s turned his no worries motto of “Life Moves Pretty Fast” into a career as an acclaimed motivational speaker, with a little help from his eternal sidekick-turned-business manager, Cameron.
If Ferris 2 ever gets a greenlight, Rapier isn’t sure who’ll be tapped to direct it. John Hughes died of a massive heart attack in 2009.