Here’s why the long-wished-for ‘Goonies 2’ will never happen after Richard Donner’s death


The cast of Richard Donner's 1984 hit, 'The Goonies' (Photo: Warner Bros. / courtesy Everett Collection)

The solid of Richard Donner’s 1984 hit, ‘The Goonies’ (Picture: Warner Bros. / courtesy Everett Assortment)

Goonies by no means say die… and so they additionally by no means say “sequel.” Regardless of being one of the vital endearing — and enduring — children’ motion pictures of the 1980s, Richard Donner’s 1984 hit The Goonies by no means scored a follow-up treasure-hunting journey. Whereas rumors of near-misses and false begins have circulated over time, The Goonies 2 stays trapped in One-Eyed Willie’s underground lair. 

Donner’s current dying over Independence Day weekend appears to make a sequel much more unlikely as his presence behind the digital camera was seen as a requirement for any continuation. Showing alongside the movie’s solid and government producer, Steven Spielberg, final 12 months for a digital Goonies reunion organized by super-fan Josh Gad, the 91-year-old director appeared resigned to The Goonies 2 remaining unmade. “How are you going to search out seven depressing children like this once more which might be all new and recent,” Donner joked on the time, referring to his famously temperamental on-set relationship with the younger solid. 

Technically talking, a Goonies 2 already exists. In 1987, Konami revealed a licensed Goonies online game for the Nintendo Entertainment System, which was a sequel to an earlier recreation that was launched in Japan, however by no means arrived on U.S. cabinets. The NES model as soon as once more pitted Goonies chief Mikey (Sean Astin) towards the newly freed Fratelli household, rescuing his kidnapped mates alongside the best way. 

Evidently, the 8-bit Goonies II did not encourage Warner Bros. to pursue a big-screen Goonies sequel. Because the solid has defined over time, the studio’s shocking lack of curiosity in a sequel — within the face of the unique’s box-office success — has been the primary hinderance to getting one other film off the bottom. That began to vary within the early 2000s, when The Goonies made its DVD debut, and the gross sales have been off the charts. “The writing’s on the wall after they’re releasing the Goonies DVD in such numbers,” Astin enthusiastically advised MTV Information in 2007

Three years later, Donner himself offered a bullish replace on The Goonies II within the 2010 documentary The Making of a Cult Basic: The Unauthorized Story of the Goonies. “It’ll occur — sufficient of you write in and complain. … You’ll see it, I promise,” the director stated, including that he hoped to make a cope with an impartial manufacturing firm that may share the fee with Warner Bros. In the meantime, outtakes from the documentary characteristic Donner teasing how the storyline would introduce new Goonies whereas bringing again the traditional characters. 

“In our story, the brand new Goonies have been being launched to who they have been by Knowledge,” Donner says, referring to the group’s resident inventor, performed by Jonathan Ke Quan. “These children have been raised understanding concerning the Goonies.” 

Go away it to the one of many “outdated Goonies” — particularly the mouthy one — to pour chilly water on that plan. Talking with Yahoo Entertainment in 2017, Corey Feldman aka “Mouth,” recommended that point to make The Goonies 2 was operating brief. “On daily basis it turns into a lot much less possible that it’ll occur, as a result of sadly the director, Richard Donner, who everyone knows and love is like, 87, now I consider,” the actor stated. “God bless him, however that is numerous stress to placed on a person of that antiquity.” 

It is price noting that The Goonies 2 wasn’t the one latter-day sequel occupying Donner’s thoughts. He’d additionally been planning to make one ultimate Deadly Weapon film, which might reunite Danny Glover and Mel Gibson for the primary time since 1998. In June, Feldman cited that film as one more roadblock standing in the best way of a Goonies reunion. 

“I came upon my pricey buddy Richard Donner had signed on to do Deadly Weapon 5 as his swan track,” he advised the web site Dread Central. “That just about sewed up the rumor mill proper there. It’s carried out. We cant make [Goonies 2] with out [Donner]. And [Donner’s] off capturing weapons with the Deadly Weapon individuals.” (Donner’s dying suggests {that a} fifth Deadly Weapon film is now as unlikely as a second Goonies movie.)

Jeff Cohen, Sean Astin, Corey Feldman and Jonathan Ke Quan in 'The Goonies' (Photo: Warner Bros. / courtesy Everett Collection)

Jeff Cohen, Sean Astin, Corey Feldman and Jonathan Ke Quan in ‘The Goonies’ (Picture: Warner Bros. / courtesy Everett Assortment)

Even within the absence of a sequel, the unique Goonies have staged their very own reunions within the three a long time because the unique movie hit theaters. Sean Astin and Corey Feldman are common faces on the conference circuit, and the city of Astoria, Ore. — the place a lot of the film was filmed — is a hotbed of Goonies-related actions, with solid members like Jeff Cohen, aka Chunk, typically stopping by to help

And — as Spielberg himself recommended in Gad’s digital reunion — the unique Goonies won’t ever die. “[We’ve] had numerous conversations about [a sequel]; each couple of years we provide you with an concept, however then it doesn’t maintain water,” the director stated. “The issue is the bar all of you raised on this style. I don’t assume we’ve actually efficiently been capable of finding an concept that’s higher than The Goonies all of us made within the ‘80s. Till we do, persons are simply going to have to take a look at this 100 occasions.” 

The Goonies is presently streaming on HBO Max.

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