As one of the most iconic films of the 80s, The Goonies has a legion of nostalgic fans the world over.
And it turns out The Goonies really do live by their motto - never say die. But there may be a mixed reaction to director Richard Donner’s announcement that he’s planning a sequel to the much-loved movie.
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While signing autographs in Beverley Hills, Donner told TMZ that his next film would be a follow-up to the 1985 film, written by Steven Spielberg and Chris Columbus.
When asked if any of the stars from the original movie would return, he responded “Hopefully all of them!”
While Warner Bros have yet to comment on the news, the word on the web is that Spielberg and Columbus are on board as co-producers, while Donner is on the hunt for writers and a director to take on the project.
In the past, many of the original cast members - including Josh Brolin, Sean Astin and Corey Feldman - have expressed interest in returning for a second film, if it were to happen.
But despite Donner’s confidence, this latest news should probably be taken with a pinch of salt. Rumours have circulated about the sequel for years - the most likely (an obvious) script possibility involved the children of the original Goonies gang going off on a new adventure.
Astin told MTV in 2007: “All the powers that be ... they really feel like the thing that made the movie strong was that it was about kids, so they really want to make the next movie about kids ... the next generation of Goonies, and they've had a hard time tackling that.”
But in 2010, Brolin was open and honest in an interview with Extra TV: “People keep asking me over and over about a sequel. I saw Steven Spielberg [the film's producer] on the street about a month and a half ago, and I asked the reality. I hear there is a script, yes, but there’s no talk about doing a Goonies sequel at this very moment. And that’s the first time I’ve been truthful about that answer… ever.”
And in 2011 Donner told Collider that he planned to take The Goonies to Broadway. “It’s a long process, Broadway, it’s amazing,” he said. “It’s frightening in a strange way. But we only get great reactions from everybody, everybody wants to see it. It seems like a great idea, and we’ll persevere. A musical of Goonies on Broadway? But it’s gotta be irreverent, and it’s gotta be Goonies. A lot of people are pushing, ‘Oh rewrite it, do it for adults,’ I said, ‘No adults go to see Goonies.’”
Whatever happens, wouldn't it be brilliant to see Chunk and Sloth reunited?