The Frustrating Reason Why The Goonies 2 Still Hasn't Happened

Hey Cyndi Lauper. Why haven’t they started filming The Goonies 2 yet? Because the script isn’t "good enough! For you it’s … good enough. For me it’s good, it’s good enough. Ah, yai yai ya yai yah!"

OK, sorry. That was beyond terrible. And so far, the drafts for the proposed sequel have been below average, as well, as mega-producer Frank Marshall confirmed to Collider in an interview. His words were not very convincing that The Goonies 2 will happen – even though the idea has been bandied about by director Richard Donner and his cast for some time. When asked if there’s a workable script at the moment, Marshall said, "Not yet." When pushed to elaborate, he danced around the question by explaining that the story means everything, and that until they crack it, there’s no point in even pushing the project forward. Marshall said:

We don’t just do sequels to do them. The story has to be there. … You don’t want to disappoint the fans by just doing a schlocky movie. You want to do a real legitimate movie. It’s not going to be a sequel. In the Amblin spirit of Goonies, that’s what has to be."

A non-sequel that is in the "Amblin spirit" of the original film? Yeah, that sounds like reboot to me, and I’m not sure any of us want to go down that road. A while back, we came up with feasible ideas for a Goonies sequel, and the two that you overwhelmingly supported was a second movie following the older versions of the classic Goonie characters, or an adventure undertaken by their children. I don’t think we want to see new kid actors plucked from the Disney Channel and handed the nicknames Data, Chunk and Mouth. This is our time, our time down here. Up there, it’s their time. And they can take their cheap reboot ideas and shove them where the sun doesn’t shine.

Marshall’s comments lead me to believe that The Goonies 2 isn’t going to happen, because there’s no powerful idea willing this sequel into existence. There’s nostalgia, and not much else. If there was a great idea that Donner, Steven Spielberg, Marshall and the rest of the cast couldn’t pass up on, then I think we’d already be moving forward on this. Because as you can see, people like Josh Brolin are ready to start shooting The Goonies 2 tomorrow.

What about you? Are you happy to hear that The Goonies 2 is still on the backburner? Or would you like to see them push ahead, script or no script? Weigh in below!

Sean O'Connell
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Sean O’Connell is a journalist and CinemaBlend’s Managing Editor. Having been with the site since 2011, Sean interviewed myriad directors, actors and producers, and created ReelBlend, which he proudly cohosts with Jake Hamilton and Kevin McCarthy. And he's the author of RELEASE THE SNYDER CUT, the Spider-Man history book WITH GREAT POWER, and an upcoming book about Bruce Willis.