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'The Goonies' Sequel: Yay Or Nay?

Jenny Kim |
April 9, 2014 | 10:49 p.m. PDT

Staff Reporter

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Word on the street is that Richard Donner's 1985 flick "The Goonies" is coming out with a sequel.

It's been so long since the movie was first released to the public and made a name for itself as a cult classic...but will a Goonies number two make it as a box office number one?

Just this week, director Richard Donner unofficially announced that “The Goonies” sequel was in the works. This can go extremely great…but on the flip-side, it can also go horribly wrong. The adventure-comedy film has been a fan favorite since the nearly thirty years it has been out, but releasing a second film might possibly reduce the original’s charm and appeal found in the youth of the cast and the love for adventure.

Creating this film, we imagine, would be quite difficult considering that they have quite a legacy to live up to. Actors in the original film are no longer their pre-teen year old selves, but replacing the cast just wouldn’t make it seem anything like “The Goonies.” Since the production of the movie, the original cast has gone to do different things, with some like Sean Astin and Josh Brolin staying in the acting industry, while others like Jeff Cohen pursued a career in entertainment law. If Donner was to call back the old cast, how would that even work logistically?

In today’s film business, action-packed blockbusters, big-named franchises, and stupidly funny movies sell. “The Goonies” sequel would probably be neither of those. The producers would have to consider that it has been a generation since the release of the first movie, and since then, a lot has changed. The general public loves futuristic movies, crude humor, and most likely, they won’t be too big on childish adventure. That being said, there probably will be an expected turnout considering it is the sequel to “The Goonies”…even if it’s just for curiosity’s sake. 

Sure, “The Goonies” wasn’t the most thought-provoking, cinematically stimulating, and emotionally profound movies ever created, but there are so many elements to the movie that inspire nostalgia and remind the viewers of adolescence and youth. 

I don’t know about you, but I’m definitely up to pay for a movie ticket for a blast to the past.  

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