Goonies never say die!
Ron Seifried | On 08, Apr 2014
Goonies never say die! ….especially if there is potential sequel money involved.
The film launched the careers of Josh Brolin, Corey Feldman, Sean Astin and Martha Plimpton, prolonged the very brief career of Jonathan “Short Round” Ke Quan and was written by Chris Columbus and Executive Produced by Steven Spielberg.
Based on a story by Spielberg, the gang of pre-teens from the fictional neighborhood of “Goon-Docks” in Astoria, Oregon discover a 200+year old Spanish treasure map belonging to pirate One-Eyed Willie. A quest to save their homes from demolition is sidetracked by the Fratelli family of bank robbers led by a Ma Barker-type mother with three very unique sons, including a towering deformity named Sloth.
Many followups have been shelved over the years, including a comic book miniseries, Cartoon Network animated series and a Broadway musical.
The cast did reunite thanks to Empire Magazine back in 2009. Ironically, Donner said at the time there was “no hope” for a sequel, but the rest of the cast remained hopeful.
According to Sean Astin’s book “There and Back Again” Donner and Spielberg were more like co-directors on set and he goes on to compare their individual directing styles. This was not the first time Spielberg has been called out to direct scenes on films he produced, most infamously with “Poltergeist” and it’s director Tobe Hooper.
The 1980’s is making a strong comeback, with several franchises up for reboots in the near future, including “Ghostbusters,” “Gremlins” and “Fast Times at Ridgemont High.” This year has already seen the release of several 1980’s era reboots: “RoboCop,” “Endless Love” and “About Last Night.”
The 1980’s are hip again!