How Close was a GOONIES Sequel? Plus Richard Donner Says THE GOONIES Might be a Broadway Musical

     October 28, 2010

“Goonies never say die,” and apparently the same went for a possible sequel. After having the pleasure of covering the press day for the 25th anniversary DVD/Blu-ray release of The Goonies, we were able to catch up with Richard Donner and company talking about the Goonies sequel that almost-was, along with what the future holds for this property.

In this day and age sequels are a dime a dozen. If there’s any sort of an open ending to a movie, whether it was released two to twenty years ago, there’s a high chance it’ll be turned around into a sequel. Within the past few years there’s been a resurgence of eighties films that have made their rounds on the sequels or remake tracks. The more popular, the better chance the film could get green lit for one of the two to happen, which is why it’s no wonder The Goonies was under our sequel radar for awhile now.  Hit the jump for more:

There’s been rumors floating around for years about everyone coming back to make a sequel to the 1985 classic family film The Goonies, but that’s about it. Jonathan Ke Quan, who played the role of Richard ‘Data’ Wang, goes on to reveal that the development wheels on Goonies 2 have been turning for some time.

“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 (Clark ‘Mouth’ Devereaux) spills a bit more about how close, along with how much he pushed for, a sequel to the film.

“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.”

Speaking of Donner, the famed director talks about how he tried his best to get a sequel off the ground just a few years ago along with plans for an 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.”

We won’t be getting a sequel for The Goonies anytime soon, at least we might be seeing a Broadway staged show in the future.  Be sure to pick up your copy of the 25th anniversary DVD/Blu-Ray release of The Goonies in retail stores everywhere on November 2nd.

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