Befuddlingly why Warner Bros won’t make a sequel to “The Goonies” – it’s not only one of most beloved family films of all time, but it earned the studio a pretty penny upon it’s release in 1985. More so, the audience is still there for it, as hungry as ever for more ‘Goonies’ adventure – just as the Flynn-ians are, 30 years later, chomping at the bit to see “TRON Legacy”.
So why aren’t Warner Bros interested in sequelizing Richard Donner’s 1985 hit…particularly when Donner, the cast and executive producer Steven Spielberg are!?
Corey Feldman, whose heard it all when it comes to “Goonies 2” rumours, said he’d reprise ‘Mouth’ in a heartbeat.
“I would do it if [the studio] was serious, but unfortunately they can’t seem to get it together,” the actor tells The Hollywood Reporter.
“We all like to see it happen, but it’s one of those stumbling blocks where no matter how much love there is …,” Feldman told the trade at the Grayson’s Gift benefit in Santa Monica’s Hotel Casa Del Mar on Thursday. “The No. 1 question that’s always been asked of me for the last 20 years is, ‘Will there be a sequel to Goonies?,’ and unfortunately my answer is always the same. It’s not up to me, you know, it’s the studio.”
“They treasure this film, as you know. It is literally their greatest family film title of all time. That’s the way they see it. It’s always on the top 25, all DVD sales around the world all the time,” he says. “If we go and throw a sequel out there that’s lesser [in quality,] then suddenly we may hurt this continuous cash cow.”
“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,” Jonathan Ke Quan, who played the role of Richard ‘Data’ Wang recently told Collider. “If it was going to happen it would’ve happened many years ago.”
There have been a couple of “Goonies” scripts written (one by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci) but none got past the draft stage.
“I talked to him [Richard Donner] about a script but it didn’t end up flourishing”, Feldman told Collider. “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”.
Feldman says it’s more likely that we’ll see an oft-rumoured “Goonies” ‘Musical’.
“…I know Richard Donner is really behind that,” Feldman says. “He’s a dear friend of mine and we talk about it quite often and he said that they finally got a great script in which he’s very excited about.”
I’m excited at the prospect of a “Goonies” musical, but not nearly as excited as I’d be had WB trekked off to Astoria to do a true-blue movie sequel.
Two words for Warner Bros : TRON. Legacy.