At long last director Richard Donner has confirmed that the 1985 American cult classic, The Goonies is returning for a much anticipated sequel. Members of the original cast such as Corey Feldman, Sean Astin, and Josh Brolin had apparently been vocal about their collective interest in a rehashing of a the beloved three decade old film, which seemingly pushed the director into announcing the reprise almost 30 years later.
Eighty-three year old Donner is also well known for the Lethal Weapon and Spider-Man movies, which he also directed. The seasoned director told the gossip site TMZ, that he was hopeful that he could bring the entire original cast back for the newly announced sequel to his masterwork. In his short conversation with TMZ, Donner also confirmed that Stephen Spielburg will be involved in the making of The Goonies 2, and in fact came up with the story-line.
The award winning Goonies is often referred to as one of the best child films of the 1980’s and is looked upon in warm, nostalgic fancy by throngs of twenty-somethings and thirty-somethings. The plot is a heartening story about a small group of intrepid kids from a neighborhood of Astoria, Oregon called “The Goon Docks.” When the kids learn that one of their numbers is about to move away with his family, they find themselves on an adventure to recover the long lost pirate treasure of legendary “One Eyed Willie.” Along the way they build unexpected new relationships, and learn about themselves and each other as they learn to deal with change.
The film starred Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Ke Huy Quan, Kerri Green, Jeff Cohen, Martha Plimpton, John Matuszak and Corey Feldman. Feldman, currently a reality TV star and the vocalist of ska band, Truth Movement, has been the biggest proponent of a reprise to The first Goonies film. Sean Astin, who made his film debut in The Goonies and later went on to star in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, recently said that he’s not going to let himself get too worked up about the idea of a sequel to The Goonies. Astin further noted that the production team has been wanting to do a sequel since the first movie came out in 1985. Nevertheless, Donner told TMZ, “Hopefully we’re going to get this done. Period.”
Iconic for it’s heartwarming plot, The Goonies began the careers of more than just Sean Astin, who had been 15 at the time that the movies was made. Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin, Jeff Cohen and Martha Plimpton also made their silver screen debuts with The Goonies. The cast has since diverged into a gamut of vocations. Jeff Cohen, the actor who played Chunk, is now an entertainment lawyer, and has not acted since 1991, when he had a small role in the Disney made for TV movie, Perfect Harmony.
Thanks to the enthusiasm of the cast, we can all look forward to another adventure for one of our favorite groups of rag-tag misfits. The project is still in its infancy, and there will likely be a lengthy wait before a release date is announced, until the sequel to The Goonies hits theaters, the words to remember are, “Never say die!”
By Faye Barton