Steven Spielberg Reportedly Has ‘Goonies 2′ Story Idea in Mind

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Beloved kids on an adventure 1980s flick The Goonies turns 30 years old next year; for nearly as long as the Truffle Shuffle has been a thing, though, a movie sequel to the film has been rumored, without having taken the final steps to becoming a reality. However, if you believe the reports in recent weeks, that long-stagnant situation could be about to change.

First, Goonies director Richard Donner revealed that a sequel is currently making legitimate progress down the production pipeline; just a few days after that, additional sources confirmed that Warner Bros. is indeed fast-tracking development on Goonies 2. The original film’s writer Chris Columbus and executive producer Steven Spielberg are reported to be actively on the lookout for a new writer and director, in order to takeover the reins on the youth-oriented action franchise.

TMZ once again harassed pressed Donner for details on on the Goonies sequel; for better or worse, the tactic worked once more, as Donner also let it slip that Spielberg has concocted a new story for the project. This news doesn’t come as a huge surprise, as Spielberg also received credit for having conceived the screen story on the original Goonies movie (a film that was intended to be an Indiana Jones-esque adventure for those of a younger age). Nonetheless, this is significant news, when it comes to shedding light on the status of Goonies 2.

For one, this signals that the project is actually gaining traction, since Spielberg is still a very powerful figure in Hollywood (unlike the nearly 84-year old Donner), so he can help to pull the belated sequel out of the depths of development limbo. After all, you might recall that a fourth Jurassic Park installment seemed to be all but dead, until a few years ago when Spielberg became more actively involved in the story creation process; cut to the present and now the project, titled Jurassic World, is readying to begin production for a June 2015 release date.

The parallels between Jurassic World/Jurassic Park 4 and Goonies 2 don’t stop there. Besides Spielberg being a producer on the former and likely to be the same on the latter, the filmmaker is also looking to give a younger director their shot at the big time with the Goonies sequel – like how Jurassic World helmer Colin Trevorrow is getting a chance to prove his big-budget mettle, after breaking out on the indie feature Safety Not Guaranteed.

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Long-gestating followups like Goonies 2 and Ghostbusters 3 have spent decades trying, then failing, to get off the ground, arguably in part because there wasn’t any sort of fresh vision behind them – the kind that new filmmaking “blood” can give a project, that is. Indeed, this is something the fourth Jurassic Park installment appears to have at long last, judging by Trevorrow’s encouraging comments about wanting to make the film more than just a trip down nostalgia lane.

If Goonies 2 continues to follow in Jurassic World‘s footsteps, then it may become a reality – one that has the slightest chance of impacting a new generation as much as its predecessor did for children of the 1980s. Not much more you can ask for, at this stage (accepting that this project is moving forward, anyway).


We’ll keep you posted on development for The Goonies 2 as more information is made available.

Source: TMZ

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  1. Did you seriously write harassed? :D

  2. Mikey likes it!

  3. I don’t know how to feel… Mixed emotions… Steven Spielberg writing is definitely a PLUS to the situation.

    If everybody still alive comes back, and it’s about THEM and not a new generation of children Goonies… I don’t think I like the idea of passing the torch here…

    Cameos of the original Goonies… CHUNK Jr??? Mehhh…..

    • Spielberg, Donner and Columbus are all involved. Have faith. Even if it doesn’t work out to be exactly what you want it could still be great.

  4. Booo! Putting Richard Donnor on the sidelines?!?
    Man, I’ll watch Fantastic Four before I watch this stuff.

  5. Please, no. Didn’t this site recently run an article about the longer between sequels the more likely they are to be unsuccessful both artistically and commercially? If so, then this sequel is very likely to be poor at best and at worst sully the name of the original.

    • How many of those involved Spielberg? Spielberg and Donner? Yup.

      If Spielberg thinks that there is a story to tell then I will check it out. I doubt anyone thought that Schindler’s List would make a $300 million dollar profit in 1993. Not saying Goonies 2 will make a $300 million dollar profit if it is made, just saying that Spielberg knows how to tell a good story.

  6. No one wants to see this!

    • I watched Goonies multiple times at the theater when I was a kid. I would definitely watch a sequel. People are nuts if they don’t want to see a sequel of one of the coolest 80′s movies ever.

  7. Thhe first movie is a staple of my childhood and it’s great, but I think Donner and Co. are gonna have to pay me to go see this movie because I certainly won’t be spending the $10 theatre prices to see it.

  8. If Spielberg is in the business of reviving old franchises how about Tiny Toons and Animanics? Could use some Pinky and the Brain in my life too.

    • The Pinky,The Pinky and the Brain Brain Brain Brain…lalala
      Lets take over the world tonite !!!
      Miss those guys !

  9. I was young and saw this movie. My opinion: It was just an okay movie. I do enjoyed it but not great movie at all. I do not mind the sequel. I hope that those people are older now would return to the sequel. Again, Goonies was not the great movie but just an okay/not bad movie. Sorry about my English.

  10. Wasn’t Super 8 produced by Speilberg and Abrams’ homage to films like the Goonies? I’m not sure how profitable that film was, but I enjoyed it. So, I’m looking forward to the progress of this film.

    So the kids in the Goonies kept a marble bag of treasure (enough to save their homes), so what if this film has Mikey grown up being one of those treasure hunter guys you see on Discovery channel? And this is the adventure of them searching for One Eyed Willy’s boat and the remaining treasure…or maybe it’s a different treasure hunt.

    I’m more interested in how they make this story. Because you can’t assume that all these kids stayed in the same neighborhood and had families that grew up to have their homes foreclosed on and now their kids need to save the day. If that’s the story they try to rehash, Hollywood needs to be rebooted in the butt.

  11. The Goonies remake should have the OGs (original goonies ;))get together years later over beers talking about their adventure (kinda like “IT”) while the kids eavesdrop and plan an adventure of their own. Oh yeah, and NO CLICHES!!!!

  12. Please drop this idea, Hollywood. The Goonies is a “cult classic” that, in many ways, helped define my generation (children of the ’80s, represent!); and it is something many of us hold dear to our hearts as a precious treasure (no pun intended) of our childhood.

    If someone wishes to make a film in the vein or style of the Goonies for today’s generation of kids, then by all means, go for it. But, please, don’t use the name “Goonies” and hire the original actors to play subordinate roles. No one wants to see their kids go on an adventure of their own, and it wouldn’t make sense for the original characters — now in their 40s — to go on another one, 30 years later. It is too late for a follow-up Goonies film. This idea has “FAILURE” written all over it.

    Look, certain movies simply should not be remade. (When will the film industry understand this?! They’re bound and determined to rehash every movie ever made, including horrible ones that should never have been made in the first place. Be ORIGINAL and CREATIVE already! But I digress . . .) And certain movies do not need sequels. The Goonies is one such film. Its magic cannot be emulated or recreated, in large part due to the unique personalities, charm, and appearance (think of Jeff Cohen/Chunk) of the child actors who starred in the original, to say nothing of the irreplaceable Anne Ramsey (a.k.a. Mama Fratelli).

    Just let this one go already.

  13. josh brolin is in his 50′s how the hell can u make a sequel about kids, with older adults now,.. not guna work, you have to have new kids, thats the only way it will work.. sorry to burst your bubble, but it wouldnt make any sense to bring back the original cast 30 years later…dont be stupid.. the first one was great.. so leave it at that.

  14. Why not embrace the fact that the characters are older now, and aim it at the audience of the original, and with a slightly more adult oriented rating in mind? I know I would pay to go see something along the lines of “Fratelli’s revenge” and I’m sure Joe Pantoliano and Robert Davi could be even more sinister than in the original. They’ve had enough time to plot their revenge on each of the Goonies (which may be to lure them back to One Eyed Willie’s Cave to meet their fate), which would be a reason for them to all work together again to defeat them. No brainer for me… I’m there!

  15. They should make Goonies Vs. The Monster Squad

  16. im sure they will come up with something good, but the fratelli’s mother passed away, so they would have to either just use the 2 brothers or cast maybe their father or something if its possible, and im not sure if any of the other cast members would come back like chuck or data, they havent been in movies for awhile josh and sean will probably come back there the only ones who got real famous after this movie, it will def be interesting to see how it plays out