The truth of the matter is, we may never see The Goonies 2. This, despite the fact that most cast members and the creative team behind the original really want it to happen. It's been years since original director Richard Donner confirmed the movie was happening. And since that time, we've heard both stars Sean Astin and Corey Feldman talk up the movie. Now, Sean Astin is back at it again, and while there is no real update on when the movie will happen, he does promise that a key player, however dead he may be, will be back to haunt the sequel.
Sean Astin played Mikey in the original The Goonies, and he was the defacto leader of the gang who lives in the lower class division of the Goondocks. Astin has probably been one of the loudest supporters of a sequel. At various points, he's said that The Goonies 2 will be a true sequel that finds the original kids all grown up and on another adventure. At that, there have been rumors that the movie will be a complete reboot with a new set of kids. And a third scenario finds the original Goonies setting off after their own children as they set off to find another hidden treasure. Now, while visiting Phoenix ComicCon 2016, Astin let this slip, courtesy of Youtube.
"In the original Goonies, it's not the only time that |Mikey will come face to face with One-Eyed Willy."
One-Eyed Willy is the pirate who left his ship and treasure behind for the Goonies to find, and it was the catalyst of their adventure. It sounds like Astin has some early insight into the script, assuring that this key element will live and breath again in the sequel. But who knows if this will ever happen. And judging from the reactions to the Ghostbusters remake, perhaps it shouldn't. Maybe it's just fun to talk about, and assures that no one's childhood gets injured in the process.
We're not sure how One-Eyed Willy will be worked back into the new script. At the end of the original, the kids set Willy's ship free into the ocean off the Oregon coast, where it had been trapped in a cave for decades. Will the ship be recovered? Has it been sitting in a museum for the past thirty years? Did it quickly sink after sitting dormant all this time? We're guessing those questions will be answered when and if a sequel ever truly moves forward.
The one thing that Astin's comments do seem to confirm is that we'll see some, if not all, of the original Goonies cast return in some capacity. Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin, Kerri Green, Martha Plimpton, and Jonathan Quan have all expressed an interest in returning. Only Jeff Cohen, who played Chunk, has confirmed that he will not be back to perform the Truffle Shuffle yet again. Then again, perhaps the only returning Goonie will be Mikey. And that might be kind of sad. We'll have to wait and see.