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Goonies Never Say Die, But Should They Really Make a Sequel?

Updated on February 9, 2014
This film has been one of the most referenced flicks of all time
This film has been one of the most referenced flicks of all time | Source

Sloth Loves his Baby Ruths

Thanks to this movie, countless numbers of obese kids were forced to do the truffle shuffle for years afterwards. This film has been one of the most referenced flicks of all time. Even today, every time someone eats a candy bar around me I yell, “Baby Ruth” in my best Sloth imitation. I still see people wearing Sloth Halloween masks, and T-shirts that say the “Goon Docks.” No doubt about it, even after 27 years, "The Goonies" has staying power.

People on the 'net keep asking all the time when a second film will be made. I think the more important question, though, is not when, but should they make another Goonies movie.

Since 1985, talks of a Goonies sequel have been floating around, but nothing has ever materialized. A second movie came very close to getting the green light in 2004, but fell apart in negotiations with Warner Brothers. The remake threatened to be adapted in 2007 as a comic book miniseries, a musical, and even a cartoon, but none of those ideas have seen the light of day.

It is a blessing and a curse when a film becomes so famous that it is considered iconic by the masses. It’s so hit-and-miss with sequels; rarely are they better than the original. "The Empire Strikes Back" and "The Wrath of Khan" are two of the best movies ever made that were second films. Sadly, most of the time they are failures and end up tainting the franchise, much like "Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull" did. I mean, really, why are there aliens in an Indiana Jones movie? Seriously, why?!

It is a blessing and a curse when a film becomes so famous that it is considered iconic by the masses
It is a blessing and a curse when a film becomes so famous that it is considered iconic by the masses | Source
The game actually has a bit of a cult following and is considered highly collectible these days
The game actually has a bit of a cult following and is considered highly collectible these days | Source

Goonies 2 Already Exists

It's true, "Goonies 2" is out there and already exists, but it's not in movie form. "Goonies 2" was a video game released in 1987 in Japan, and then North America. You could play it either on your Nintendo VS System, or in an actual an arcade. The game actually has a bit of a cult following and is considered highly collectible these days.

A person plays as Mikey, who is out to rescue all six of the other Goonies who have been kidnapped by the Fratellis. One of the odder and most memorable events in the game is when Mikey beats Old Lady Fratelli with a candlestick for no good reason. Mikey also meets a yellow space alien named Ambassador Konami and rescues a mermaid named Annie. I have no idea where the writers were going with these ideas. Most of the public has no idea this game ever existed, and I think the Goonies franchise wants to keep it that way.

Baby Ruth

Should They Remake "The Goonies"?

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Fans are Mixed

I could only find two people who wanted a remake, mostly because of their children.

Michelle Bryant Rowe posted, "My 11-year-old said he would watch it. He really likes the original, but said it could be cool updated."

Lori Messanger wrote, "I agree with a remake. As much as we all love the original, my daughter would watch it if there was a newer version. I have tried to get her to watch it and she won't pay attention. I agree that all of the CGI and special effects of today can be a bit much sometimes, but where would 'Lord of the Rings' be without it? You have to make stuff appealing to the next generation to keep it alive. I've enjoyed the original many times over the years, and now I believe it's time for my child to enjoy it. This is the age of TV and movies for our children, not us (well, not as much anyway.) The only 'non-modern' movies my kid will watch are 'The Gremlins' and 'It's a Wonderful Life,' and it's not because she's picky. I think it's just something about the way older TV shows and movies look. Oh wait, she will watch 'The Brady Bunch' episodes on the Wii U for some reason. God help it as it tries like hell to broadcast it in HD."

A few were open to a sequel being created, but not a remake.

Frank LeClair said, "I think a Goonies sequel would be cool; kind of like a reunion, not a remake. Same characters (by the same actors would be spiffy), years down the road. Their lives diverged but they all still harbor grand memories of their adventure. And a new adventure awaits!"

Reagen Dandridge Desilets stated, "In a time when there is far too much Digital 3D and CGI, a Goonies remake is a risky move. Would the plot be something with the next generation (like Sean Astin and Josh Brolin's kids), or would it be more like the movie 'Grown Ups'? So long as it has the same light-hearted and fun-loving feel to it, I dig it (pun intended.)"

I could only find two people who wanted a remake, mostly because of their children
I could only find two people who wanted a remake, mostly because of their children | Source

Should They Make a Sequel to "The Goonies"?

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Most Say No

Most folks I talked to were not in favor of anything being made at all.

Radio star Brian Hagen said, "There are certain pieces of childhood that simply don't need redoing. Hollywood should leave 'The Goonies' as 'The Goonies' and come up with a new idea that won't harm this great memory most of us 80s kids share."

Wayne Padgett posted online: "In order to have a successful remake, you need to have a reason for the remake. There was nothing wrong with the original, and, it was actually firmly seated in the 80s kid-stars, with so many of them being a part of it. Bad remakes are just changing the actors and doing it again, like the remake of 'Psycho.' Vince Vaughn is a very good actor, but the movie brought nothing new to the story. It was just in color. Good remakes are generally a complete re-imagining of the story. I think in this case, it would kill the movie. Leave well enough alone."

"Geez, when is Hollywood going to come up with something fresh instead of rehashing the classics with lots of added CGI? Even though I love 'Avatar' and a lot of the other great CGI movies, I hate it when they release a remake of what was already a good, classic movie in its own right," said Dawn Compton.

Chunk Spills His Guts

Leave it Alone

The aging generation of movie-goers now has kids of their own, and movie makers seem to have created a simple formula to play on those feelings of nostalgia to guarantee box office success. It does seem odd that they made a movie about the '80s cartoon “The Smurfs” when no child today has ever seen the cartoon, nor has any clue what a Smurf is. But the studios know they will pull on the parents’ sentimental feelings, and the "children of the ‘80s" will take their kids to share their childhood love. I guess I can’t blame them for wanting to milk every penny out of a brand; that is just smart marketing.

The rumors are they want to bring the entire cast back to make a new Goonies movie and cash out on the franchise, but I honestly can’t imagine seeing another Cory Feldman movie in my lifetime. My gut tells me they should let this idea rest in peace.

I think a better move is to simply bring the genre of a good, old-fashioned treasure hunt back to the silver screen. I would much rather see a new story than watch them butcher one of my favorite childhood movies.

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      Kianneholt 3 years ago

      I think its sad when Hollywood thinks that redoing old movies is legit entertainment. The original usually far out-weighs the newer version even with all the new graphics and high-tech resources. The only exception to this rule is probably Jaws 3D. The public shouldn't have to suffer through regurgitated cinema just because they are being lazy.

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      Mary Wickison 3 years ago from Brazil

      Well I did enjoy it but not sure if the next one would be as enjoyable. Why can't we have new films and let the old ones stay a classic. They don't need to make a sequel or a remake.

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      Aga 3 years ago

      This movie is classic, and I think it would be fun to see the sequel.

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      Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia

      My son was only 5 years old when the movie came out and naturally I had to watch it many times with him. He also loved the video game based on the flick and mastered it at age 6. He went on to become a IT computer tech for the state of Georgia which he has also excelled at.

      I loved the movie myself but do not wish for a remake of the film. Interesting article!

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      Suzanne Day 3 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      I just adored the 80s version of the Goonies and they shouldn't really remake that at all. Why can't producers create a sequel that looks just like the 80s movies? I bet all the Gen Xers will run to the cinema for it because it was a great movie. Voted interesting!

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      Tarrin Lupo 3 years ago from Peterborough NH

      Thanks Suzanne, yes most say let it be.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      The Goonies was a fun movie in it's time and has become a cult icon, but I feel it has its special place and there shouldn't be a sequal after all these years. It would take from the original. Good hub, voted up.

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