Last week, Sean Astin went on record saying that The Goonies 2 was on '100 percent mortal lock', meaning it is definitely going to happen. Though, he doesn't know if he'll actually be in the movie. Despite that, he later tweeted out the refrain 'I shall return', and most thought that was his official confirmation that he'd be reprising his role as Mikey, leader of the Goon Squad. It wasn't. And it wasn't long before he deleted that declaration. But he has decided to go on Facebook to explain his intentions. He strongly believes, with every ounce of his soul, that this is one sequel that will definitely happen. Why does he believe that so strongly? He explained in this somewhat lengthy post.
"I have always believed that there will be a Goonies Sequel, because Steven Spielberg told me in 1988 that he wanted to make one. Richard Donner has said that it is in the works. Warner Brothers is enjoying a very successful merchandising experience with the "title." If it gets made in my lifetime, I will root for it, whether I'm in it or not. If it gets made after I'm no longer here to be in it or to watch it, I still know in my heart, guts, wherever, the it will get made. The fact that I'm asked about it everywhere I go is amusing. The fact that people just make stuff up about it, also hilarious. Now, I have said all I am going to say on the subject until 5 minutes from now when another Goonies loving neighbor wants me to give them the inside scoop. Spoiler, no scoop. Oh, PS If you want to know what I'm up to now...in 12 days I'm competing in the 140.6 mile Ironman Championship Triathlon in Kona, Hawaii. I'm running for a charity I founded to help kids get exercise and learn about community. Pretty please, chip in $5 at: gofundme.com/run3rd."
Talk of The Goonies 2 really heated up back in early 2014, when original director Richard Donner claimed it was happening with the main cast set to return. We've heard varying different reports since then. Original writer Chris Columbus, who is producing the sequel, confirmed it was in the development stages at Warner Bros., but the pre-production process is a slow one. And Jeff Cohen, who played Chunk, has confirmed that he is not returning in any capacity. He quit acting a long time ago, and now works in entertainment law.
Warner Bros. is also planning a Gremlins follow-up, with both of these impending movies possibly being reimagined with all-new stories and characters. They are just two in a long line of anticipated sequels for older movies that just seem to never happen, but are often talked about. Some believe Sean Astin knows more than he is saying. But that may not be the case. His original quotes came from an interview with TulsaWorld.com while promoting his appearance at the 2015 Wizard World Tulsa pop culture convention. He stated the following at the time.
"I have said and will always say, that it's not a question of if, but rather of when the sequel gets made. The precise makeup of it, I have no idea. Whether I will be in it, no idea. Whether they would even want the original cast in it, no idea. But it doesn't matter. It's bigger, it's actually bigger than everybody. It's bigger than even Steven (Spielberg), who created it. It's bigger than Richard Donner, who breathed such strong life into it. It's now a part of American cultural lore, and the studio has a lot to gain from promoting it, so you can take it to the bank that people will get to enjoy it more."
There have been various rumors about what a The Goonies 2 might even be. Some think it will follow the kids of the original Goonies as they go on their own adventure, with the parents trying to catch up. Others believe it will be a complete reboot not unlike the upcoming all-female Ghostbusters. At one point, Sean Astin and fellow Goonie Corey Feldman even cooked up their own sequel idea. It was quickly tossed out of the room. Right now, it sounds like Sean Astin really has no idea what is going on with a possible sequel or reboot. But if people keep talking about it, perhaps it will actually happen. Here is the original tweet that got everyone so excited.