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NEW YORK, Sept. 11

NEW YORK, Sept. 11 /PRN/ -- Principal photography began on Monday in Chicago on John Hughes' new film, "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," starring Matthew Broderick in the title role.

Hughes is directing "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" for the Motion Picture Group of Paramount Pictures Corp. from his original screenplay. Michael Chinich is the executive producer, and Hughes and Tom Jacobson are the producers.

A Tony Award winner for his portrayal of Eugene in Neil Simon's "Brighton Beach Memoirs," Matthew Broderick comes to "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" directly from Broadway, where he has been starring in the play's award-winning sequel, "Biloxi Blues." He made his motion picture debut as Jason Robard's grandson in "Max Dugan Returns," after which he landed the lead role of the computer whiz in the smash hit, "War Games." Broderick starred most recently in Richard Donner's medieval fantasy, "Ladyhawke."

"Ferris Bueller's Day Off" is the first film to be directed by John Hughes since entering into his overall deal with Paramount's Motion Picture Group, which was announced in March on the heels of his critical and commercial success with "The Breakfast Club." A former editor of National Lampoon, Hughes made a remarkable entry into filmmaking as the writer of two of 1983's biggest hits, "National Lampoon's' Vacation" and "Mr. Mom," after which he made his directorial debut on "Sixteen Candles." This summer saw the release of his "Weird Science" as well as the production of his original screenplay, "Pretty in Pink," starring Molly Ringwald, on which he served as executive producer.

Michael Chinich, the executive producer of "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," was recently named president of Hughes Entertainment, the independent production company founded by Hughes. Prior to his involvement with Hughes Entertainment, Chinich was a production vice president at Universal Pictures. He also served as casting director on such films as "National Lampoon's Animal House," "The Blues Brothers," "Coal Miner's Daughter" and "Dog Day Afternoon," among others.

Tom Jacobson, who is producing "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" with Hughes, got his start in the movie business at Roger Corman's New World Pictures, where he worked his way up from location scout to assistant director to unit production manager, first serving in the latter capacity on Joe Dante's cult classic, "Piranha." His credits as unit production manager include "Cat People" and "Best Friends." He has been credited as associate producer/unit production manager on "Flashdance," "Top Secret," "Thief of Hearts" and on the recent "Explorers," which reunited him with Joe Dante.

"Ferris Bueller's Day Off," a John Hughes Production, will be released in the United States and Canada by the Motion Picture Group of Paramount Pictures, a member of the entertainment and communications group of Gulf+Western Industries Inc. (NYSE: GW).

CONTACT -- Lloyd Ibert of Paramount Pictures, 212-333-4647