There seems to be one thing that director Richard Donner and actors Corey Feldman and Jonathan Ke Quan have made abundantly clear to Collider while doing the press thing for the upcoming Blu-ray release of their 1985 family favorite 'The Goonies': a sequel is not happening. It almost happened a few years ago, but due to all sorts of conflicts and concerns, it didn't. A 'Goonies 2' is now officially beyond the realm of possibility. It will not happen. Ever. Never, ever, never.
But you shouldn't rule out that long-gestating 'Goonies' Broadway musical. From the lips of Donner:
"Hopefully we're doing this as a musical on Broadway. It took forever to get on Broadway. It was a long, long process but it just got a lot shorter because there's a great writer/producer (Tim Long) who does musicals on 'The Simpsons' which are classic. He just delivered a treatment on 'Goonies' as a musical and it's friggin' great."
Because if there's one thing 'The Goonies' needs, it's a chorus line of fat kids doing the truffle shuffle for a grand finale. That'll win the Tony.
Actually, a 'Goonies' musical wouldn't feel too out of place on the modern Broadway scene, which, like Hollywood, is going through a Let's-Not-Be-Creative-And-Original phase. 'The Lion King,' 'Beauty and the Beast,' 'Shrek,' 'Hairspray,' 'Legally Blonde,' 'The Wedding Singer' and more than a few other recent Broadway hits and flops have been stage adaptations of popular films, hoping to lure people back to the theater by capitalizing on the popularity of the source material. It's a slightly sad commentary on the state of the industry -- it must cling to Hollywood's coattails to survive.
Although certain online film writers find 'The Goonies' to be a loud, obnoxious, annoying mess filled with irritating child actors and inane plotting, the film is undeniably a classic for children of the '80s, a cultural touchstone for its legions of fans. Is it a fanbase strong enough to actually lead to a 'Goonies' musical getting made? Is it a fanbase strong enough to actually turn a 'Goonies' musical into a hit? Only time will tell on those queries, but perhaps the most important question is whether or not the 'Goonies' fanbase actually want to see a Broadway musical adaptation of their beloved film.
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