The director of the classic 1985 adventure film ‘The Goonies’, Richard Donner, expressed that he was at work on a modern-day follow up film and stated that “hopefully, all of them” (meaning the original cast) would return for the new installment.
Well, two cast members… the most obvious two… are definitely in!
Sean Astin (Mikey in the original) was promoting his new FX series ‘The Strain’ when he was asked about ‘The Goonies II’ and he replied:
“My first thought when Dick said he was doing that was like, ‘Alright, maybe this time it’s true!’ I hope it’s true. I certainly like the idea of doing it. I don’t know if I’d be in it or not. If they really wanted us to be in it, I’m sure there would be some way to work it out.”
As Astin’s remark indicate, there has been talk of a second movie going all the way back to the 80s, but the project has never come together.
But one other cast member that is definitely up for a sequel? Corey Feldman a.k.a. Mouth. Astin said, “We talk a lot. Corey and I are buddies. Oh, he’s fired up. He’s ready to go.”
This isn’t surprising as Feldman had perhaps the most success in the 80s of the original cast, but his star faded once the decade waned and the actor has struggled with personal issues in the years since. Occasionally, the former child star surfaces for gimmicky cash-grabs, but has never reclaimed the status of a respected actor. It shouldn’t be surprising that Feldman would pounce at the chance to revisit past glories.
Astin along with Josh Brolin (Brand) have the highest profiles currently of the original cast in terms of acting. Astin was the star of the hugely successful ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy and Brolin has received acclaim for dramatic turns in ‘W’ and ‘No Country For Old Men’ among others. Martha Plimpton (Stef) has also remained in the public eye having recently wrapped her NBC sitcom ‘Raising Hope’. But the remainder have either left entertainment, gone behind the camera or simply act sporadically. Can they be coaxed back to Astoria?
It may help, though that the now-adult Goonies probably wouldn’t be the focus of the new movie. More than likely, they’d simply make cameo appearances in order to set up their kids as the stars of the new film. Astin confesses that this is his assumption as well. “I think that’s what they want to do. I think they want to focus primarily on the kids,” he said. “I think the audience may be split on that, so they’re trying to figure it out.”
True. For many adult fans, the appeal lies in nostalgia and revisiting the young adventurers from the first movie. But kids of today are probably not going to respond to the adventures of a group of non-super powered adults. It’ll be interesting to see how the balance the nostalgia with a fresh new story with new child stars.
But the real question is, what pop star should remake Cyndi Lauper’s classic ‘The Goonies R Good Enough’ theme song? I’m pushing for Katy Perry, but that’s just me.
(NOTE: The “Part 2” video features the only on-screen appearance of the infamous octopus that was cut from the final version of the film. Also… The Bangles.)
Source: E! Online