Some movies make for great TV shows: Friday Night Lights, Parenthood, and Fargo are just a few examples of recent, successful series that were born out of big-screen versions. Other movies do not—including Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
Say Anything is latest subjected to the movie-to-TV transition, although it didn’t last too long—after NBC announced plans for a half-hour comedy based on the 1989 movie, Say Anything director Cameron Crowe made his objections known and within 24 hours, the show was done. And, from the looks of a clip from the TV version of Ferris Bueller that a Reddit user dug up, it’s probably for the best.
The original Ferris Bueller’s Day Off was directed by teen-movie genius John Hughes in 1986 and starred a young Matthew Broderick as the title character. Four years later, a sitcom version of the movie premiered—also on NBC—and was canceled in its first season.
In the clip, a pre-Friends Jennifer Aniston makes an appearance and Ferris (Charlie Schlatter) removes a cardboard cut-out of Broderick out of his closet. “Matthew Broderick? As me? No way,” Schlatter says. “Too two-dimensional,” he continues before taking a chainsaw and cutting off Broderick’s cardboard head. Pardon my French, but this dude seems like an asshole.