Rumors of a sequel for director Richard Donner’s cult 1985 movie The Goonies have been going around since forever, and of the old gang, actor Sean Astin has been one of the most vocal over the years, promising fans it was definitely in the pipeline. Now his co-star, Corey Feldman, thinks it may never see the light of day.
Heck, even Donner himself said in April of 2014 that the sequel was officially happening, with the entire original cast returning. Since then, there have been a lot of talks, but little movement has been made to bring the movie to fruition.
Because of that, the future of the movie is being left in doubt. The reason? The fact that Donner is not getting any younger (aren’t we all?). That’s what Feldman (Lost Boys) — who’s also championed a sequel for years — recently told MovieWeb:
“Richard Donner is 87 years old. And it's like, no one really wants to make it without him. He's the driving force behind it. He says it's still alive. But as we all know...When you get to that age, things slow down quite a bit. There is a big possibility that he might not want to keep driving it. So, I think without him, it doesn't happen. And every day that passes, that he doesn't do it, there is less and less chance that it is ever going to happen at all.”
Feldman makes a valid point. And what’s more, the last time Donner helmed a movie was 16 Blocks back in 2006. Does it mean we can cross The Goonies 2 off our wish list? I sincerely hope not. One thing for sure, Feldman feels it would be better to leave The Goonies alone rather than tarnish the legacy. Especially in view of all the backlash that’s happening with the female-led Ghostbusters reboot.
“It could have a very bad backlash! At the end of the day, and I have said this before, the only way a Goonies sequel happens, and is forgivable to the fan base...Is if it is done right. And what does that look like? Obviously I don't know. Because I'm not Steven Spielberg, I'm not Richard Donner, I'm not Chris Columbus. Those are the guys that make this decision. I know that they are all geniuses. And I implore nothing but the highest levels of respect and trust for their process and what they do. If, at the time, they want my opinion, I will certainly be happy to give it to them.”