Director Richard Donner confirms that the recently-announced sequel of the 1980’s cult film will be based on a plot by the popular filmmaker, Steven Spielberg, who also wrote the original film’s story. No date to start filming.
It’s been almost 30 years since the Goonies went on their world-famous and beloved-by-many adventure to find One-Eyed Willie’s hidden treasure and save their homes from demolition. Now, after years of rumors and speculations, it seems like they’re finally about to go on their next one. And who better to weave this tale than original Goonies writer, acclaimed Jewish filmmaker and storyteller, Steven Spielberg?
“Steven came up with the idea of doing a sequel after 30 years. You don’t do [a Goonies sequel] without him”, revealed Goonies director Richard Donner, when asked about the recently-announced sequel. “We’ve been trying for a long time, then he came up with another storyline and he’s right on”.
The Goonies, shot in 1984/85 with Spielberg serving as writer, producer and 2nd unit director, and released in 1985, told the story of a group of pre-teen friends who face foreclosure on their families’ home and find hope in the form of an old, concealed map they stumble upon which they believe shows the whereabouts of a rumored lost pirate treasure. Joined by one the kids’ older brother and his two female friends, they set out on a wild, life-altering adventure.
The film was among the top ten highest-grossing films of 1985, and has since garnered a cult status.
It is yet unknown whether the original cast (including Jewish former-child-star Corey Feldman) will reprise their roles in the sequel. Jeff Cohen, who played Chunk, for instance, as well as Ke Huy Quan, who played Data, has since retired from acting. But it is reported that most have already expressed an interest in returning – and all are most welcomed to join in, as far as Donner is concerned. “It’s up to them”, he recently told TMZ when asked about the chances of the original cast reuniting for the sequel. “If they have any sense, they will”.
There is no word yet on when the project is expected to start filming.
Steven Spielberg is considered one of the most popular and influential filmmakers in the history of cinema. During a career which has spanned over more than four decades, he has written, directed and produced films which have garnered more than $8 billion worldwide, many of which considered staples of American cinema. His films Jaws (1975), E.T. The extraterrestrial (1982) and Jurassic Park (1993), were the highest-grossing films of their decades.
Spielberg has won 2 Academy Awards for Best Director. One for Schindler’s List in 1993, and another for Saving Private Ryan, 3 years later.
Corey Feldman became well-known during the 1980s, with roles as a youth in films such as Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter, Friday the 13th: A New Beginning, The Goonies, Stand by Me, The Lost Boys, Gremlins, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and The ‘Burbs. Feldman is also the lead singer for the ska band Truth Movement.