The Goonies has always had a soft spot in my heart and I have a rather tattoo honoring the 1980s flick since it was a big part of my childhood. Many other people who discovered the film in the 1990s and 2000s certainly enjoy it on varying levels as well.
Released in 1985, it was directed by Richard Dooner (Superman, Lethal Weapon) with Steven Spielberg producing and fellow filmmaker Chris Columbus (Harry Potter 1-2, Home Alone) writing the film.
THE GOONIES – Old-fashioned yarn about a band of adventurous kids who take on the might of a property developing company which plans to destroy their home to build a country club. When the children discover an old pirate map in the attic, they follow it into an underground cavern in search of lost treasure but come up against plenty of dangerous obstacles along the way.
Actor Josh Gad hosted a charity stream called Reunited Apart that reunited the cast Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Corey Feldman, Jeff Cohen, Ke Huy Quan, Martha Plimpton, Kerri Green, Joe Pantoliano, and Robert Davi.
Steven, Chris, and Dick Donner also participated.
You can watch the stream below which is meant to raise funds for Center for Disaster Philanthropy and their COVID-19 Response Fund.
Singer Cyndi Lauper, who sang the pop song closely attached to the film “The Goonies ‘r’ Good Enough” showed up as well. The original music video included the cast members and scenes from the film.
A sequel has been talked for decades and every year or so there is some trade report or statement from someone involved with the original movie that Goonies 2 is being talked about, coming soon or in development.
Steven and Richard said the following about that sequel talk (via Deadline). Suggesting that the film was so unique that they’ve had trouble replicating it or attempting to find a good way to approach a sequel.
SPIELBERG: “Chris, Dick and I — and Lauren [Shuler Donner] — have had a lot of conversations about it,” said Spielberg. “Every couple of years we come up with an idea but then it doesn’t hold water.”
DONNER: “How are you going to find seven miserable kids like this again that are new and fresh?”
There had been rumblings the sequel would see the original kids actors (now adults) having their pre-teens and teens going on a new adventure. Sadly, a sequel has never materialized despite the interest of Donner and the cast over the years to return and make it.
Considering that HBO Max is giving the Gremlins franchise (also written by Chris Columbus)the animation treatment, I wouldn’t be shocked if Amblin/HBO Max attempted to make an animated project in the future.