For one member of the cast of The Goonies, hope springs eternal that the long-speculated sequel will eventually see the light of day.
Sean Astin, who starred as Mikey Walsh in the original 1985 movie, is currently doing press for his role as Bob Newby in Stranger Things 2, which channels The Goonies to some degree. But as always seems to happen when Astin is out in the public eye, he was asked by Huffington Post whether he thought The Goonies 2 — the idea of which has been floating around for at least 20 years, if not more — could still come to pass.
Surprisingly — because, after all, we're talking about a follow-up to a 32-year-old movie now — Astin was optimistic about the chances:
"It’s always possible. I will say that it’s likely that it will happen. I don’t know when, but I have always had confidence that that sequel will happen mostly because Steven Spielberg, from the time when I was a kid, told me he wanted it to happen and has never changed his opinion."
While Spielberg did not direct The Goonies (that fell to Richard Donner), he produced it and conceived of the story for what is in many ways the prototypical Amblin Entertainment movie. And although Spielberg often attaches himself to more projects that he ultimately brings to fruition, if he wants something to happen, it's likely to happen.
But will it happen as a live-action feature film? Astin has an interesting response to that:
"What I would love to see is a Goonies animated series, and I would love to play Mikey. I do a lot of voiceover characters, and I play younger characters with my voice, and that would be meta."
With everyone in that cast 32 years older, it would perhaps make sense for The Goonies to move into the realm of animation, unless one wanted to specifically make a movie about the Goonies as adults. But let's stop and think about that number for a minute: 32. Years. Sure, it took 35 years to make a sequel to Blade Runner, but audiences didn't exactly storm the multiplexes to see it. And The Goonies doesn't have nearly the cultural impact of Ridley Scott's dystopian classic (neither film is actually very good either, he said amidst howls of protest and outrage).
Do you think we'll see a sequel to The Goonies somehow, someday? More importantly, should we?