It’s been over 30 years since The Goonies first arrived on the big screen but fans have never given up hope of there one day being a sequel and now they may finally get their reward.
“I will say that it’s likely that it will happen,” the actor known for playing Mikey said. “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.”
Astin also floated the idea of taking the follow-up in a slightly different direction.
“What I would love to see is a ‘Goonies’ animated series, and I would love to play Mikey,” said Astin. “I do a lot of voiceover characters, and I play younger characters with my voice, and that would be meta.”
The prospect of a sequel to The Goonies has been in the offing for nearly 14 years.
Original director Richard Donner first claimed he and Steven Spielberg had a story in mind for the follow-up, yet in 2004 it appeared that the idea of a sequel was dead with Warner Bros. showing little to no interest in bringing the franchise back.
The in October 2007, Astin reignited things by telling MTV Goonies 2 was “an absolute certainty … The writing’s on the wall when they’re releasing the DVD in such numbers.”
Then in November 2008, Corey Feldman wrote a blog post stating: “NO! There is no Goonies 2! I’m sorry but it’s just not gonna happen …. Course now that I’ve said that, they’ll do it.”
That only added to the confused, which continued in 2010 with release of The Making of a Cult Classic: The Unauthorized Story of The Goonies. On the film Richard Donner stated a sequel to The Goonies was a “definite thing” and will involve some of the old cast. “It will happen,” he said “We’ve been trying for a number of years.”
Then in April 2014, Donner revealed a sequel was in the works featuring all of the original cast. “We’re doing a sequel,” Donner said in an interview posted on TMZ.
But just when it looked like it was on again, the whole thing ground to a halt. During an interview with MovieWeb, Feldman laid out the problem:
“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.”
Producer Frank Marshall has insisted the movie would happen though and that they are simply ironing out the details of the story. At one point Astin and Feldman had a go at putting together a treatment for the sequel, but nothing has come of it.
These latest claims from Astin indicate there could finally be movement on the long-awaited follow-up.
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