While out promoting his new album titled ‘Angelic 2,’ Corey Feldman was interviewed by MovieWeb and asked about the rumors pertaining to the supposed sequel to ‘The Goonies’ that we have all heard about over the past couple of years. He seemed doubtful about the possibilities, and revealed one of his biggest reasons for why he does not think we will ever see the sequel:
“Richard Donner is 87 years old. 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.”
Of course, there is plenty of interest, as producer Frank Marshall has stated publicly that they are still working on the story, and Sean Astin, Feldman and Josh Brolin have all expressed interest in returning to the world of the ‘Goonies,’ but it seems the impossible task is to find a suitable story that will continue the magic of the series, but also keep it within a reasonable budget. Feldman reveals he and Astin even tried to pitch a story to Donner, but it was shot down due to the high budget it would have entailed:
“As I’m sure you read, Sean and I actually did create a treatment which we brought into Richard Donner, which he actually liked quite a bit. But, unfortunately, he felt it was too expensive for what they have in mind. So, that said, I’m not a mind reader. I don’t know what that special magic recipe is that they are looking for. But I know that everyone’s fear is, ‘What are the odds of capturing magic in a bottle twice?’ And it’s a long shot. At the end of the day, I think if everyone was going to get involved and do it, it would have to be something that was just so magical, so awe-inspiring and breathtaking, that every person said, ‘This is a home run, this is it, we’ve got it, this is the one.’ I know if that script comes in, we’ll be getting that call.”
End of the day, ‘The Goonies’ is a classic childhood film, and at this point there is little chance a sequel could ever live up to the original, especially with the change in tone that will come from all of the characters now being adults in their late 30’s early 40’s. Still, we can dream about where the story might have gone, and who knows, maybe some day we will see that sequel after all.
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