Still waiting for ‘Goonies 2’? Well… keep waiting. Talk of a second adventure featuring Mikey and the gang has been swirling since the 80s, but a sequel has never materialized, despite rumors increasing in the last year or so. But most recently, it sounded like the project had completely stalled as no script had proven adequate to measuring up to the classic original.
But if you do want to revisit the gang from Astoria, you may get a chance, just not in the manner you were expecting. Richard Donner, who directed the 1985 original, assured that a new ‘Goonies’ was in the works and would be presented to the public in “a year or so” but not in multiplexes, but a different kind of theater.
“We’re going to do an off-Broadway, do you know what immersion theater is? Where there’s no seats, the venue is you go into a warehouse and there’s something happening in that warehouse and that’s the play you’ve come to see, only you become part of it and you travel through with actors. It’s very popular now. We’re doing one on The Goonies. It will take another year or so but it’s going to be wonderful.”
Well, ‘Harry Potter’ is going to the stage, but this sounds much smaller and more cutting edge. Unfortunately, unless it becomes a huge sensation, only those in New York will be able to immerse themselves in this adventure. It could be fun.
And honestly, it may be better if they don’t attempt to mine the ‘Goonies’ for an unnecessary sequel. The first film is one of only a few 80s gems that were allowed to shine on their own as excellent movies unmarred by terrible follow-ups. And let’s face it, Sean Astin, Josh Brolin and Martha Plimpton continue to excel with their acting work, but roughly half the cast hasn’t really starred in anything since and two original cast members, Anne Ramsey (Mama Fratelli) and John Matuszak (Sloth) have passed away. And do we have to mention Corey Feldman? Sigh.
If you live in New York, is this ‘Goonies’ experimental theater project something you would check out? Or if you don’t live in the Big Apple, is this something worth traveling for? (Then again, this could be another ‘Goonies’ tie-in that never happens.) Comment below!
Source: Cinema Blend