There’s probably a lot of people out there who mistakenly think that they’re excited for a potential sequel to The Goonies. These wide-eyed, gentle souls genuinely believe that if Warner Bros. can just get the full cast and creative team back together again, they’ll rekindle the magic of that beloved—albeit cacophonous—1985 action-adventure
I have vivid memories of watching the Goonies, as a child. I’ve hoped that the rumors surfacing every few years would lead to a sequel of the 1985 fantasy adventure. Now, thirty-one years later could the much talked about and highly anticipated sequel to the hit Goonies, finally be getting made after all?
In the film, a kid named Mikey Walsh (Sean Astin) goes on an adventure with his friends, who are all in danger of losing their family homes to developers. After setting off to find treasure to save their parents from having to sell their homes, they come face-to-face with the mythical pirate One-Eyed Willy.
In 2004 Donner said he had a story, that Spielberg liked, but Warner Bros. apparently wasn’t interested in another Goonies adventure. In 2007 Sean Astin told MTV it was an “absolute certainty.” Donner later admitted he didn’t think it would happen, while Cory Feldman wrote on his website, “it’s just not gonna happen.” In 2009 Sean Astin also stated: “A year from now, ten years from now, fifty years from now, I’m absolutely convinced there’ll be one. We’ll figure it out. A sequel could be great. It could be shitty. You never know. But the original is the thing it is and no-one can ever change it.”
Recently in 2016 Feldman stated, “Richard Donner is 87 years old,” he said. “And it’s like, no one really wants to make it without him. He’s the driving force behind it. He says it’s still alive. But as we all know… When you get to that age, things slow down quite a bit. There is a big possibility, that he might not want to keep driving it. So, I think without him, it doesn’t happen. And every day that passes, that he doesn’t do it, there is less and less chance that it is ever going to happen at all.”
While on PR trail for Jonah Hex, star Josh Brolin revealed an interesting piece of information about the long rumored Goonies sequel. Brolin who played Brandon Walsh said in a recent interview:
“Doing a sequel is something that keeps coming up and keeps coming up,” he said. “I saw (producer) Steven Spielberg on the street about a month-and-a-half ago, and I asked him the reality because I was told by many, many people that there was a script, but that it didn’t work and (director) Richard Donner, but that didn’t work and Steven was going to come in and do it.”
Okay first off – he bumped into Spielberg in the street? I want to live on that street!
If anything, we know that the wheels have started to turn on a sequel to the Goonies. Hopefully, they won’t do it as a remake or a reboot, but an honest sequel. The kind we all know and love. Rumors have surfaced that the sequel will include the children from the first film, as adults, and their own children, who will take them on a new adventure. Though nothing has been confirmed at this time. A sequel to the Goonies is definitely a difficult task and cannot be rushed. Problem number one: There’s no final script. “There are a lot of writers who are interested in writing Goonies, but we’re very protective, because it’s such a well-loved movie,” Columbus said. “The Goonies have aged 30 years, so there was a magic about that particular cast. How do you make it work now? That’s a difficult challenge.”
I want to believe that one of my favorite stories of all-time will get a sequel, that a fan like myself can appreciate. I hope that when and if it does, Richard Donner stays involved in some capacity. At least we have some good news that the Goonies 2 is on the radar.
Would you go to see the Goonies 2? What’s your pitch for the plot? What would your cast of new kids be like?