“Goonies never say die”! Ha, that quote never gets old. Ya know what does get old? Me wondering if a sequel to Richard Donner‘s The Goonies is ever going to happen. The classic 1985 adventure/coming of age story is like nerd right of passage. Hell, we can skip the nostalgia. You’ve seen it, you know it and you fucking love it! If you haven’t then you need to be punched in the taint and be forbidden to call yourself a nerd.
Anyway, there’s been rumors floating around for years about everyone coming back to make a sequel, but that’s all it’s been. It would be awesome if it happened, but at this point all hope is gone.
At a recent press junkett for The Goonies‘ 25th Anniversary DVD and Blu-ray release, the cast (consisting of stars Corey Feldman, Jeff Cohen, Jonathan Ke Quan, Robert Davi, Lupe Ontiveros, Joe Pantoliano as well as casting director Mike Fenton and Donner) talked about the sequel to the film saying,
There have been talks for so many years and I know that a lot of us are for it. But honestly, I don’t think it’s ever going to happen. If it was going to happen it would’ve happened many years ago.
Corey Feldman (Mouth) went on to talk about how much he pushed for the sequel:
I talked to him (Richard Donner) about a script but it didn’t end up flourishing. The sequel script, there have been times up until five years ago where they actually had a script with well-renowned writers working on a great, magnificent script and it just didn’t happen. There’s a lot of politics involved but the bottom line, like what Jeff (Cohen) said jokingly, but this is in all essences a treasure trove for Warner Bros. It’s their classic family film of all time. So I think we would all be supportive in seeing it happen if there was the right script, if (Richard) Donner was at the helm and (Steven) Spielberg got behind it. Yeah, I’d be there. But at this point I don’t think its going to happen because we’re all getting too old. If it didn’t happen like today then you never know what’s going to happen tomorrow.
The director of the film Richard Donnor then comes in to talk about his efforts to get the sequel off the ground, and also this upcoming Broadway musical.
We were thinking that (the sequel) for years back, couldn’t do it. Felt like everything we were doing would hurt what we had with the original, hence the musical. But Steven (Spielberg) said something the other day to me that he and Chris (Columbus) were talking about and maybe something — but I don’t think there’d be a sequel. I wouldn’t remake it. If anything it’d be something new and fresh. Hopefully we’re doing this as a musical on Broadway. It took forever to get on Broadway. It was a long, long process but it just got a lot shorter because there’s a great writer/producer (Tim Long) who does musicals on The Simpsons which are classic. He just delivered a treatment on ‘Goonies’ as a musical and it’s friggin’ great.
OK, wait…what? A MUSICAL? I can’t say I saw that coming. Quite honestly I don’t know how I feel about it. After thinking of what Donnor said about how a sequel would tarnish the legacy of the original I think he might be right. While we would all love to see a continuation of the story and see our favorite characters again it should be left alone, at least from a film perspective. Other mediums like comics, video games and yes, even musicals do seem like a fair way it which to do it though. I can’t say I’m thrilled with the idea of a musical or stage play. I dunno, maybe it could be good. I think this god awful Spider-man musical has got be turned off on the idea.
While we probably can’t expect a sequel anytime soon (which, I think I’ve set my peace with) I’m wondering what you guys think about this musical broadway thing. Is it good, bad? Would you see it?