I don’t whether to be delighted or horrified, but legendary producer Richard Donner expressed that there absolutely will be a sequel to the beloved (to put it mildly) 80s teen adventure classic ‘The Goonies’. Donner was spotted signing autographs by TMZ who filmed one of their famous candid videos in which their reporter fired off a few quickie questions, initially regarding comic book movies (attempting to throw shade at the genre, but Donner defended them). When asked if the director of what many consider the best Superman movie ever, ‘Superman II’, if he would ever make another comic book movie, he replied “If you call ‘Goonies’ a comic book. We’re doing a sequel.” He went further to reveal that he planned to bring back “hopefully all of” the original cast.
You can watch the interview clip below:
Most likely, the new movie will focus on the children of these original characters, but it’s always a kick to see the original actors together, like they were on the anniversary DVD release, where they provided a full video commentary for the movie. Of the original cast, of course Josh Brolin (Bran) and Sean Astin (Mikey) have proven the most successful, headlining massive hit movies and being nominated for awards. Martha Plimpton (Stef) recently starred in the successful sitcom ‘Raising Hope’. Corey Feldman (Mouth) is… well a hot mess. (Have you SEEN any of his recent interviews?!) Hopefully he can get his act together to reprise his role. And I’m fairly certain he’d jump at the chance to earn a regular paycheck. (Or would he? More on that in a sec.) Keri Green (Andy) seemed to retire for a bit, but has returned to acting periodically, most recently in the movie ‘Complacent’ in 2012. However, Jonathan Ke Quan (Data), also played another 80s icon, Indiana Jones’ sidekick Short Round, and Jeff B. Cohen (Chunk) have lefty acting altogether. Also, just a side note, Cohen is almost unrecognizable now, having lost a dramatic amount of weight… uh, and his hair.L-R Jonathan Ke Quon (Data), Josh Brolin (Brand), producer Steven Spielberg, Sean Astin (Mikey), Martha Plimpton (Stef), Corey Feldman (Mouth), director Richard Donner, Jeff B. Cohen (Chunk) and Keri Green (Andy) in more recent years.
However, ask the cast if they believe the sequel will happen and you get mixed responses. Sean Astin vowed, “I’m 1000 percent certain there will be a sequel. I will bet my children on it.” Corey Feldman, however isn’t so emphatic, remarking “Oh my God. I am betting no child on this matter.”
Let’s not forget that the kids weren’t the only stars of this movie. Of the villains, the Fratellis, Joe Panteliano (Francis) and Robert Davi (Jake) are still successful actors. However, Mama Fratelli, Anne Ramsey and Sloth, NFL star John Matuszak both passed away in 1989. Although (and I realize this may be read as blasphemous) Matuszak was buried under a mountain of makeup for his role, so… I mean someone else could conceivably take over as Sloth.
So what do we think? To be honest, a Goonies sequel have been discussed practically since the original movie came out. It’s pretty much on the same level of rumor-generating as a third ‘Ghostbusters’. Could Donner simply have made the statement to spur studios and others to support the project?
Also, the question remains, SHOULD this movie get made? Will it live up to the classic first movie? Or will it leave a sour taste in life-long fans’ mouths like the ‘Star Wars’ prequels and ‘Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull’? Should they just leave well-enough alone?
What do you think? Comment below!