With sequels to iconic properties rife throughout the 1980s, it’s a surprise that a follow-up to The Goonies never saw the light of day. However, according to the writer of the original film, Chris Columbus, the late director Richard Donner did, in fact, discuss plans to make a sequel to the movie in the past.
“He called me and said, ‘You know what we should do? We’re gonna get on my boat, smoke pot for three days and come up with an idea for Goonies 2,” Columbus reported in discussion with Empire magazine. Columbus replied, “Well, first of all, I don’t smoke pot” before adding, “But maybe if I come down, we’ll have a couple of drinks together and sit on the boat.’ It never happened. And I regret that. Because I would drop everything to do that right now”.
Richard Donner, the influential filmmaker behind 1978s Superman, Lethal Weapon and The Omen, passed away last month at the age of 91, with multiple notable cinephiles coming out at the time to celebrate his life.
Steven Spielberg, who worked on The Goonies with Donner and Columbus, stated at the time, “Dick had such a powerful command of his movies, and was so gifted across so many genre”.
Continuing, the filmmaker added, “Being in his circle was akin to hanging out with your favourite coach, smartest professor, fiercest motivator, most endearing friend, staunchest ally, and – of course – the greatest Goonie of all”.
“He was a kid…All heart. All the time. I can’t believe he’s gone, but his husky, hearty laugh will stay with me always,” Spielberg concluded. The possibility of a ‘Goonies II’ is something that Spielberg has seriously considered, noting that he, Columbus, Richard Donner and Shuler Donner, “Have had a lot of conversations about it”.
As the director explains, “Every couple of years we come up with an idea but then it doesn’t hold water. The problem is the bar that all of you raised on this genre, I don’t think we’ve really successfully been able to find an idea that is better than The Goonies that we all made in the eighties”.