25 years ago, in 1985, a movie called The Goonies was released which I can still watch to this day and find funny, compelling, and adventurous. For those of us of a certain age (I’m 32) The Goonies was our movie, a film which punctuated our childhood. But that was all a very long time ago. Surely the possibility of a sequel passed long ago.
The original cast, minus John Matuszak aka Sloth, who sadly passed away in 1989, recently got together for a photo shoot. You can see the video of the occasion, which includes most of the cast giving their views on the movie and what it means to them on the Empire Web site.
Whenever any of the cast are interviewed together, the subject always turns eventually to the chances of a sequel being made. The director, Richard Donner claims there is no chance now, even though they tried for a while. Corey Feldman and Sean Astin respectfully disagree:
Richard Donner: “We tried for a long time. Steven and I had many meetings with writers but nothing stuck. It seemed disrespectful.”
Corey Feldman: “So I guess the answer about the sequel is that there’s always hope.”
Donner: “No. No hope.”
Sean Astin: “A year from now, ten years from now, 50 years from now, I’m absolutely convinced there’ll be one. We’ll figure it out. A sequel could be great. It could be shitty. You never know. But the original is the thing it is and no-one can ever change it.”
Seriously, The Goonies 2? As much as I’d love to see it happen, how would it even be possible? The cast are all getting on a little now and it would be like watching a bunch of 30-year-olds go on a children’s adventure. Bad idea. Then again, Harrison Ford pulled it off as Indiana Jones and he’s 67!
I wouldn’t be averse to the idea of a remake but then the original still stands up to scrutiny anyway. Don’t believe me? Then get hold of the DVD and tell me otherwise. I know The Goonies never say die but on this occasion maybe they should at least let it lie.