It’s been no surprise that Hollywood has been out of ideas for quite some time. Reboots have been popping up left and right. Some have worked out and some have been utter disasters. On one side of the spectrum you have Ghostbusters. This was a movie that never had a chance. The moment news broke out that the original cast was being replaced with Melissa McCarthy, the citizens of the internet made a bolder statement than the United States citizens regarding it’s future President. On the other side of the spectrum you have the new Power Rangers movie which seems to get better and better with every piece of news that comes out. Thank goodness at least one movie remains in tact – The Goonies. And one should be even more thankful that there hasn’t been a rush to get this childhood classic (for some of us) to get remade. And while some wouldn’t mind it, the chances of it getting done are looking slim to none according to one of the original cast members.
Straight from the mouth of Mouth (Corey Feldman), the idea of Goonies 2 is really beginning to slip away. And who would of thought that out of the entire cast, it would be Feldman to have the best concerns regarding the potential Goonies sequel. Here’s what Feldman had to say regarding his thoughts on whether a Goonies 2 would get done,
“Richard Donner is 87 years old. And it’s like, no one really wants to make it without him. He’s the driving force behind it. He says it’s still alive. But as we all know…When you get to that age, things slow down quite a bit. There is a big possibility that he might not want to keep driving it. So, I think without him, it doesn’t happen. And every day that passes, that he doesn’t do it, there is less and less chance that it is ever going to happen at all.”
It’s not the story, it’s not about money, it’s about the driving force behind The Goonies. Without the direction of Richard Donner, there would be no Goonies and at such a late stage in his life, there might not be a Goonies 2. However, it seems that Donner is only part of Feldman’s concern. The legacy of the film is a concern. In an additional statement, Feldman went on to say,
“It could have a very bad backlash! At the end of the day, and I have said this before, the only way a Goonies sequel happens, and is forgivable to the fan base…Is if it is done right. And what does that look like? Obviously I don’t know. Because I’m not Steven Spielberg, I’m not Richard Donner, I’m not Chris Columbus. Those are the guys that make this decision. I know that they are all geniuses. And I implore nothing but the highest levels of respect and trust for their process and what they do. If, at the time, they want my opinion, I will certainly be happy to give it to them.”
Of course it has to be done right. Many have seen what it looks like when these things go wrong, and the results are ugly. As far as Donner is concerned, it’s hard to believe that the man is 86 years old. Check out this little interview he did with TMZ from 2014.
At 86, Donner doesn’t seem to miss a beat while being interviewed. And while the video may have been shot two years ago, it seems like there are other reasons why a Goonies sequel hasn’t happened. Donner and fans may continue to wait if Steven Spielberg needs to be involved. But, it makes complete sense. Unlike Donner, though, Spielberg has some time to kill as he’s 16 years younger than the Goonies director. Still, some of those involved with the original continue to say that a Goonies 2 is getting done. The obvious question is, “when?”