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‘The Goonies 2’: Steven Spielberg Is Already Kicking Around A Story

The Goonies Sequel

The Goonies 2 is coming together a bit quicker than some people might realize.

Movie fans of a certain age were more than a little thrilled when director Richard Donner declared that he was putting together a sequel to the beloved 80s classic. The excitement grew to a fever pitch when everyone discovered that most of the original cast would reprise their roles in the long-awaited follow-up.

Unfortunately, no one seemed to know when The Goonies 2 would find its way to the big screen. According to the folks at Metro, the sequel could possibly arrive in the very near future. Producer Steven Spielberg has reportedly kicked around a story for the next chapter in the Goonies saga.

“Hopefully we’re going to get this done, period. Spielberg came up with the idea of doing a sequel after 30 years. You don’t do [‘The Goonies 2′] without him, and he came up with another storyline and he’s right on,” Donner recently told TMZ.

What kind of story is Spielberg working on for The Goonies 2? That’s the million dollar question as of this writing. While Donner confirmed that the legendary filmmaker is helping out with the sequel, he stopped short of revealing what fans can expect from the flick.

Hopefully the officially Goonies sequel won’t have much to do with the Japanese NES title Goonies II. Although the game featured characters from the original movie, the folks responsible for creating the title definitely took some liberties with the material. If you enjoy playing emulated version of old video games, then swing by Nintendo8 to play the adventure in its entirety.

Kotaku explained in a 2011 article:

“‘The Goonies II’ didn’t just have kids, dungeons and evil Italian-Americans. It had dragons. Ghost Knights. Fish-men. Eskimos. Giant snakes. Wizards. Teleportation. And a bonus, all-new member of the Fratelli family, Pipsqueak, a cousin of the first film’s hapless brothers.”

The Goonies 2 could possibly follow the adventures of the original gang and their own kids, an idea that fans have discussed for years. The folks over at Cinema Blend have kicked around a number of possible ideas, including an R-rated sequel designed to appeal to grown-ups who watched the original flick as kids. Considering Spielberg is officially involved with the project, it’s unlikely that the follow-up will journey in that direction.

Are you looking forward to Richard Donner and Steven Spielberg’s The Goonies 2? What sort of story would you like to see the filmmakers tackle in the upcoming sequel?

[Image via Warner Bros.]

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4 Responses to “‘The Goonies 2’: Steven Spielberg Is Already Kicking Around A Story”

  1. Jason Brogan

    Why does a movie have to be rated R to be appealing to adults? Adults shouldn't need constant vulgarity, terrible language or violence to be entertained. I introduced my kids to the Goonies years ago and they love it. Make this one for the kids as well, whether we are grown or not.

  2. Aikaire G Wise

    I'm amped for the sequel and to include the original cast?!. One of my all time favorite movies; the script is known word for word!

  3. Nick Panico

    As much as I enjoy the movie as any kid from the 80s I have my doubts that Goonies 2 could recreate even 25% of the magic from the first. Here's why

    1. The Fratelli family can't be whole. Anne Ramsey (Mama Fratelli) and John Matuszak (Sloth) are deceased. Despite the cast of kids the movie had that made it a success, a big part of this success was the smaller characters that provided great background to the story. Even Rosalita (Lupe Ontiveros) is passed away. Perhaps Joey Pantalonio (Francis Fratelli) and Robert Davi (Jake) could come back.

    2. The movie was extremely successful because it's timeless. The original will be adored by future generations. Kids who grew up in the 80s and now have kids if their own can still watch the movie because we have an engrained memory of the cast of characters. For the fans these characters don't age. How will we respond when seeing a 43 year old Sean Astin (Mikey) or his older brother Brand (Josh Brolin) who is in his late 40s?

    3. How will the story contribute? We saw the pirate sail off in the sunset and sink off the coast of Astoria at Cedar Point. The kids had enough of the gems to save the Goondocks. I can't see how the story picks up with the same characters.

    My Advice for an attempt at a sequel:

    Don't have any original characters come back. If so maybe only Mikey (Sean Astin) since the original movie was his adventure. Totally new characters will allow all generations to try to enjoy the film with no predisposed expectations or comparisons to the original. The script has to tie the movie to the original but not in a constrictive way. A loose adaptation is all that is needed to tie the sequel to the first hit.

    We seen rumors for decades now so I wouldn't get my hopes up until there's verification that it goes into production.

  4. Phillip Smith

    Well said. If they would have chosen to re-cast the originals including Sean Astin around the time of oh say…when he was acting in Rudy (1993) then the idea (at the time) would at least have seemed tangible. Also at the time, Corey Feldman's career was only partially dead due to drugs and a failing popularity. And "now" Josh Brolin is making movies like crazy and people don't even percieve him as a Goonie anymore, Jeff Cohen is a California attorney who doesn't have an ounce of fat on him and is "completely" unrecognizable. Looks like he would make a better Lex Luthor than anything else, so because of his unrecognizable appearance he would lose that fun stigma that he possessed as Chunk and needless to say, this film would have no truffle-shuffle or Mississippi Mud ice cream. And are we to assume that the entire original cast would be onboard? I can see Martha Plimpton from Raising Hope, Brolin, Astin and of course Feldman because he needs the money, but I am skeptical about the rest, they pretty much moved away from acting. On another note I would MUCH rather there be a Goonies 2 then a remake of the original jewel. That would frost me if that were so! But if the original cast are a part of this sequel then they really need to make it original and (for lack of a better word) "magical" and not have this money sucker of a movie come out with a flat story and lackluster acting by burned out has-been actors, and yes i'm talking to you Corey Feldman. Decent acting by original cast, original and fresh high tempo storyline with copious surprises and a climax that is not completely predictable as well as Spielberg and Donner on board and there may be a chance. Just like the next Star Wars movie is supposed to have the original cast (i.e. Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamel etc.)I have my fingers crossed!