After Corey Feldman pretty much confirmed that The Goonies 2 was dead in an exclusive interview with us this past summer, co-star Martha Plimpton has arrived to hammer another nail deep into the coffin. She doesn’t believe the sequel to the hit 1985 family adventure will ever get off the ground. And she believes it’s all been a ruse laid out by director Richard Donner to get back at the kids for being such a pain in the ass on set.
It certainly doesn’t sound like the Goonies will ever ride again. Martha Plimpton, who stars in the ABC sitcom The Real O’Neals, recently conducted a Reddit AMA. One fan desperately wanted to know where the heck the Goonies sequel was. Plimpton, who played the nerdy Stef, and served as direct inspiration for Barb in Netflix’s Stranger Things, decided to drop some pretty rough news. She explains.
“I wish I had an answer for you, but I can tell you that I really wouldn’t expect it. It’s been teased for decades and I don’t think it’s going to happen. At least, as far as I know. I think [director] Dick Donner, who is a brilliantly funny man, likes to torture us all with the prospect. I believe it’s his revenge for having been tortured by all of us for 6 months in 1984.”
Goonies 2 has been teased for a couple of years now, with director Richard Donner confirming it was happening way back in 2014. At the time, he said the entire cast would return. Both Sean Astin and Corey Feldman have been strong advocates for the sequel, though Jeff Cohen, who played Chunk, dropped out last year.
While promoting his new album Angelic 2 the Core, Corey Feldman spoke with us about Goonies 2, and called it pretty much a dead deal. He believes that Richard Donner is getting too old to direct the movie. And no one wants to return without him at the helm. There is no script in place. And no one can figure out the story. Corey Feldman had this to say to us.
“Richard Donner is 87 years old. And it’s like, no one really wants to make it without him. He’s the driving force behind it. He says it’s still alive. But as we all know…When you get to that age, things slow down quite a bit. There is a big possibility that he might not want to keep driving it. So, I think without him, it doesn’t happen. And every day that passes, that he doesn’t do it, there is less and less chance that it is ever going to happen at all.”
After watching what happened to Ghostbusters this summer, Corey Feldman also believes that it might just be a bad deal all the way around. Save for maybe Star Wars: The Force Awakens, audiences haven’t been that receptive to recent reboots and remakes. He says this about why it maybe shouldn’t happen in the first place.
“It could have a very bad backlash! At the end of the day, and I have said this before, the only way a Goonies sequel happens, and is forgivable to the fan base…Is if it is done right. And what does that look like? Obviously I don’t know. Because I’m not Steven Spielberg, I’m not Richard Donner, I’m not Chris Columbus. Those are the guys that make this decision. I know that they are all geniuses. And I implore nothing but the highest levels of respect and trust for their process and what they do. If, at the time, they want my opinion, I will certainly be happy to give it to them.”
Warner Bros. has never set a released date for Goonies 2, and the studio hasn’t ever officially announced that it is happening. They at one time were also planning a Gremlins 3 reboot that would pick up with the original story some 30 years later, but that doesn’t appear to be moving forward either. Perhaps this is for the best, especially with The Goldbergs and Stranger Things there to fill the void left by Goonies.