We've heard so much about The Goonies 2 over the last two years, that it sounds more like wishful thinking than anything else. But one strong believer in the sequel is Sean Astin. He insists that the movie will happen. No matter what. What he doesn't know is whether or not any of the original cast members will actually return. It's possible they won't. Jeff Cohen, who plays Chunk, already said he's sitting this one out. But the movie has such a strong presence in the pop lexicon, that Sean Astin knows for a fact that Warner Bros. isn't going to let it sit dormant much longer. This despite the fact that it has been exactly 30 years since the original opened in the summer of 1985.
Sean Astin is gearing up to appear at the 2015 Wizard World Tulsa pop culture convention, which happens October 24-25. To promote his appearance, he spoke with TulsaWorld.com. And he fielded what will surely be the first in a barrage of Goonies related questions sure to come his way next month. Asked if The Goonies 2 was going to actually happen, the actor stated that it was '100 percent mortal lock'.
"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.
"We had good fun working on that together and pitched it, and we were respectfully dismissed."
Sean Astin knows there are some sequels that shouldn't exist. But The Goonies 2 isn't one of them. It is tailor made for a follow-up. And even though it has been 30 years since we last saw Mikey, Mouth, Chunk and Data on the big screen, it just can't stay dead. The actor explains.
"Goonies' is pret-a-porter for a sequel, man. It is ready to wear. I thought it would be a great animated series, then you could do all kinds of stuff, unencumbered from budget issues and that stuff. But people want it. People want to see it. And people are not always as misguided as we might represent. Sometimes the people know just what they want."
Sean Astin points to the fact The Goonies was listed as one of the top three recommendations on Apple TV recently. He was stunned to discover this when his daughters showed it to him. About just how much of a classic it is, he stated the following.
"I just find that a stunning fact. I actually stopped and looked at it. I couldn't believe what I was seeing. The Goonies seems to be one of the most screened-outdoors movies around, whether it's shown at drive-ins or on the sides of buildings. They just did one in a cemetery here in L.A. It's all over the country. People just love to watch it outdoors. That kind of grassroots, kitsch, culty kind of vibe makes total sense. But the fact that Apple TV, which is mainstream commerce in the moment, the fact that they put 'Goonies' as one of the top picks, means it has solidified its place in the pantheon of popular films."
We know a lot of fans will just not accept The Goonies 2 if the original cast doesn't show up. And as true blue Ghostbusters fans have made quite clear, a cameo just isn't going to cut it. We know that the film is still in development. But will it ever move forward? We'll have to wait and see. Until then, we'll have to rely on word from Sean Astin and others associated with the original 1985 classic.