Director Richard Donner Says Sequel to 'The Goonies' in Development
If all the 80s nostalgia that has been recycled over the past five years or so just wasn't enough, the revival of an adventure favorite is apparently on the way. Director Richard Donner was recently approached by TMZ (via SlashFilm), and the filmmaker wasn't shy about revealing that a sequel to the revered childhood adventure The Goonies was in development. Donner simply said, "We're doing a sequel," and when the gossip outlet asked if any of the original cast members were coming back, Donner optimistically said, "Hopefully all of them!" The last time we heard about a potential sequel was from Josh Brolin in 2007.
When Brolin talked about the potential, he expressed interest, but also reiterated that while directors like Steven Spielberg talk about it, that kind of chatter has been around since 1985. At one time a script was in development that was meant to follow the sons and daughters of the original characters, but were not sure if that would still be the case with the version Donner is speaking about. Either way, Brolin isn't the only interested original cast member since plenty of the kids, now grown up, have all expressed a desire to do a sequel if the opportunity arose. So far the closest we've gotten to any sort of sequel is this reunion in 2009:
But the question is whether or not fans really want a sequel at this point. Back when there was rumblings of a Gremlins remake, producer Frank Marshall said that couldn't happen without the permission of Steven Spielberg, and we wonder if that's the case with The Goonies. When he was speaking about a Gremlins remake, he even referenced the possibility of The Goonies 2 maybe not being all that great of an idea:
"You know, we’ve had people call us about [Gremlins] but I think that’s another one that’s kind of now left to be its own. It’s like doing 'Goonies 2 ' or 'E.T. 2.' I think it’s another time, it’s another era and they should just rest where they are."
However, there might be some renewed interest following a fantastic tribute episode of the ABC comedy series "The Goldbergs" where the youngest character Adam leads a group of kids on a faux treasure hunt that was set up as a prank by his older brother and sister to rustle his feathers due to his obsession with the adventure film. Perhaps with films like Ghostbusters getting a sequel to pass the torch, producers think the same thing can be done with The Goonies. For now this project sounds like it's in the nascent stages of development, but we'll keep you posted if anymore information surfaces. Do you want The Goonies 2?