Like Ghostbusters and Top Gun and basically any other movie from the 1980s that people over the age of 25 have vaguely positive memories of watching as children, The Goonies has been the subject of sequel rumors for decades. Back in 2007, The Goonies 2 was “an absolute certainty,” according to original Goonie Sean Astin. He didn’t say it was an immediate absolute certainty, though, and pretty much every year since then there have been new updates on franchise developments, or the lack thereof.
Today’s salt-grain-taking-friendly news comes from TMZ, who asked Goonies director Richard Donner (who also directed the 1978 Superman) when he was going to make another comic-book movie. “If you call Goonies a comic book,” Donner replied. “We’re doing a sequel.” Actually, I don’t call The Goonies a comic book, because it’s not based on a comic book. Wait, does Sloth does wear a Superman T-shirt in the film? He does. Okay fine, whatever; it’s a comic-book movie.
Though this confirmation seems no more solid than any of the 6,000 other times Donner or Astin or Corey Feldman or someone else from the original Goonies cast has claimed that a sequel is 100 percent happening, a skeptical Jeremy Smith at Ain’t It Cool News investigated this news further and found there may actually be some truth to it. According to his sources:
“It’s very real and evidently on the fast track to production. Steven Spielberg, Chris Columbus (who wrote the original) and Donner are producing, and they’re actively looking for writers and a director (no Donner this time). Plot details are sketchy at this stage, but it sounds like the plan is to focus primarily on the kids of the Goonies and work in cameos from the original cast.”
In other words, Goonies 2 may follow the same model that’s supposedly planned for Ghostbusters 3 and Top Gun 2: Reuse the name that everyone knows and loves, bring back one or two old cast members for a cameo or small supporting role, and then get new young actors to basically remake the original without calling it a remake (and thus pissing off hardcore fans who consider these movies as sacrosanct as One-Eyed Willie’s share of his treasure). Certainly Hollywood’s ever-increasing demand for product with brand-name recognition makes a new Goonies more likely now than at any point in the past. But given the number of times this project has been discussed before, I’ll believe it when I see the pirate ship in the underground cave. Only that will be good enough for me.