If there are two people who desperately want The Goonies 2 to happen, it's original stars Sean Astin and Corey Feldman. While their other co-stars haven't really brought the movie up in the press too much since director Richard Donner announced it was happening way back in early 2014, these two have been most vocal about returning to the Astoria Goondocks. But it's looking more and more like The Goonies 2 will actually be a full-on reboot. And it's possible that none of the original cast will return. Jeff Cohen, who played Chunk in the 1985 Amblin classic, has already confirmed he's sitting out the sequel. Now, Sean Astin tells Yahoo! Movies that the rest of the cast may not be back. About why we haven't seen The Goonies 2 yet, the actor had this to say.
They have lots of ideas and they've been developing in different ways, but I just don't think they've arrived at what they think the best option is. I wish they'd just break the logjam, because it's so popular, they could probably do a cartoon and a Broadway show and other versions of movies. I think they're just holding on too tight.... It's an older movie now, but the fun of it is so magical, and I think the reason they haven't made it yet is they want to keep that same magic."
We've heard a couple of different ideas in the past about what The Goonies 2 might be. Some involved with the project call it a straight up reboot of the property, which will focus on a new set of kids. Others have said it will be about the original cast going on an adventure with their own kids. As far as Sean Astin is concerned, none of that may be true. And no script has been hammered out just yet. About whether he and Corey Feldman will actually get to reprise their roles as Mikey and Mouth, he had this to say.
"I don't know. I think it depends on just how long it takes. We're all getting into middle age -I've got a kid in college now. I don't know if it's [the Goonies] and their kids, or they just do a total reboot. Is it about people later in life rediscovering the magic? I don't know what it would look like either. But I'm absolutely convinced some version of it will happen eventually, because people really want it. And when people want something that bad, it's the job of the studio to deliver."
As he's stated in the past, Sean Astin is 100% certain that The Goonies 2, or The Goonies Reborn, or whatever it will end up being called, is happening. But it might not arrive on the big screen until sometime in the next decade. When asked if Steven Spielberg, who produced the original and is confirmed to return for the sequel, might take a page out of his Hook handbook and make a movie about kids who've never really grown up, the actor had this to say.
"That's the power of the medium: You can do whatever you want. I have my thoughts of what [the new Goonies] might be, but that's not so important. What's important is people remember the magic of it. It's an older movie now, but the fun of it is so magical, and I think the reason they haven't made it yet is they want to keep that same magic."
What are your thoughts at this point? Should The Goonies just remain a one-off cinematic classic? Or should Warner Bros. go back to the well? Sequels for the Corey Feldman classic The Lost Boys never really connected with fans the way the studio had hoped. Perhaps it's better for everyone if they just leave this movie alone.