Director Richard Donner Tells Paparazzi That ‘Goonies’ Sequel Is a Go

By April 7, 2014

Here’s the problem with nostalgia – it makes people think that they want more of something they loved as a child, even if it’s ill advised, even if it may never happen, even if it’s just a bad idea. Such is the case with Goonies II, the long-rumored follow-up to the beloved 1985 film, the classic kids film that did what teens and tweens of the era loved best: gave characters their age an entertaining and dangerous adventure and had a lot of fun while doing it. Goonies is a film about kids for kids – kids on the cusp of adulthood, but kids nonetheless – so why would anyone want to see a sequel to the film that features its original stars, some thirty years on?

Yet director Richard Donner seems to think – or at least, is willing to say – that it is what the fans want: a Goonies sequel that involves the original cast nearly three decades after their first adventure.

A kids movie? Doesn’t really sound like it.

Goonies II has been buzzed about for years – there was even a video game sequel released under that same name in 1987 – but Donner has given new life to the possibility of seeing a new adventure on the big screen, by telling a pack of paparazzi that he’s working on a sequel to the film. Does this sound a little suspect?


Over the weekend, Donner was asked by TMZ if he would ever be making another comic book film – which was probably more of a reference to his Superman II – but the filmmaker took his answer in an entirely different direction, saying, “If you call Goonies a comic book. We’re doing a sequel.”

Although this news sounds positively insane, star Sean Astin told IGN last year that, “It will happen. I’m 1000 percent certain there will be a sequel. I will bet my children on it.” (Sean Astin has three children, and we’re afraid for all of them.)

As of now, there is no other information about this possible project available – because, really, it seems doubtful this will happen – but it’s long been assumed that the original cast would be involved in it somehow (cameos? a film centered on their own children? an adult adventure?).

Do you want to see a sequel to Goonies? If you do, what do you want it to look like?

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Kate Erbland
Kate Erbland is a staff writer for movie news and reviews at GeekNation. Her work can also be found at Film School Rejects, ScreenCrush, Vanity Fair, The Dissolve, Cosmopolitan, Bustle, amNewYork, New York Daily News, Dame Magazine, Mental Floss,, MSN Movies, and Boxoffice Magazine. She lives in New York City with two cats, two turtles, one boyfriend, and a frightening number of sensible canvas totes.