This article originally had Steven Spielberg making E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial after The Goonies this was, of course, incorrect and has been changed.
The 1985 Steven Spielberg and Richard Donner hit The Goonies looks like it will have its long awaited sequel with Goonies “Two” in the works, at least according to Donner it is. The story about a group of “misfit” kids, written by Spielberg and Chris Columbus, who are on a quest for pirate treasure that can solve all their monetary problems was a “mega-hit” for both Donner and the E.T. director.
The original film starred Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Jeff Cohen, Corey Feldman, Martha Plimpton, Kerri Green, Jonathan Ke Quan and the late John Matuszak. This kid’s action/adventure film was a boost to almost all its young actors and actresses and Corey Feldman spoke fondly of his experiences during the filming of it in his 2013 autobiography Coreyography: A Memoir.
After the success of the film, Steven Spielberg went on to make The Color Purple and moved on to hit after hit. Donner went on to make his name synonymous with Mel Gibson’s and Danny Glover’s with the Lethal Weapon franchise.
The news of the upcoming sequel, aka Goonies Two, of the 1985 hit film was relayed by Richard Donner himself while talking to TMZ. The celebrity website asked about the likelihood of the director doing another “comic book movie.” His response to the question was that if they wanted to count The Goonies as a comic book, then the answer was yes.
However, there is still room for a hiccup or two in the casting of the sequel. At least one star from the original has stated that he would love to be in number two. Sean Astin, speaking to IGN back in 2012, said they could “count him in.”
The Lord of the Rings actor was positive that there would be a sequel, so much so that he bet his “children” on it. Other stars of the 1985 action/adventure film may not be so eager, or available. Josh Brolin is extremely busy, having finished the remake Oldboy and with another two films in post-production and filming Everest, which scheduled for release in 2015, he simply may not have the time.
Corey Feldman may also be a no-show. After hearing of plans to remake the film, and of the optimistic thoughts about having the original stars return to reprise their roles, he said, “OMG.” He also stated that he would not be betting any children on this occurrence.
Another reason that the former stars might not want to come back is the amount of time between the original and the “possible” sequel. It has been well over 28 years since The Goonies opened in cinemas and that’s a lot of time, even by actor’s years. Of course it was mentioned that the stars may just have cameo roles.
The idea of each of the actor’s popping up as “extra” characters as a nudge and a wink for their work all those years ago, seems to be a better fit and that little bit smarter. Hollywood is full of youngsters who can bring their own brand of special to this story, it would be a shame to deny them this chance.
It would still be amazing if Corey Feldman came onboard for either role, starring or cameo. It sounds as though the 42 year-old actor and singer has come to grips with his turgid past of growing up in Hollywood and he may not want to return. However, Feldman aside, Richard Donner saying that Goonies Two is in the works is still pretty exciting for all those fans of the original. Time will tell whether this is really going to happen or not. Warner Bros have yet to comment. Until then, “Goonies forever!”
By Michael Smith