Goonies never say die. Literally. Because apparently they’re all going to be getting back together for one last big adventure, nearly 30 years after their original one.
Sure, Sean Astin, Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin et al may not have aged so well, but Martha Plimpton is still pretty kickass, and if we’re honest, we’re totally intrigued as to where this planned sequel will take us.
Of course there’s trepidation; another 80s Corey Feldman classic, The Lost Boys, received an abysmal sequel a few years back (that sunk without a trace in the land of straight to DVD, thank god), but aren’t you interested to see what Richard Donner, Director of the project, imagines each character to be doing with their lives?
Will Brand and Andy be happily married, or even unhappily divorced? Will Data have become some sort of alternative-universe Steve Jobs, what with all his innovative gadgets? Will Sloth still have an undying love for both Baby Ruth bars and Chunk? And speaking of Chunk, will he still be doing the truffle shuffle in his forties?
Granted, this whole thing could be a terrible idea, but there’s definitely something to seeing our old favourites being reunited onscreen once again, for nostalgia’s sake – anyone who’s a fan of Entertainment Weekly’s regular ‘reunion issues’ would certainly agree with that. So, while this could end up being one huge disappointment, we’re remaining hopefully optimistic that we’ll be ‘Hey You Guyyyysss’-ing with a whole new generation come its release.
And while we’re at it, here are four other 80s childhood classics that we’d just love to see a cheeky sequel to:
1. Labyrinth (1986)
Surely this one is the top of everyone’s list? Who wouldn’t love to see Bowie squeeze back into Jareth’s eye-wateringly tight leather pants, and throw a whole new generation of babies in the air? We’d certainly be intrigued to see how a modern teenager would rise to the challenge of the Labyrinth… would smart phones be allowed?
2. Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
To be fair, we’re not so much wanting a sequel to this one, rather a ‘reimagining’, since the potential for more modern cartoon characters, plus the advance of animation technology, seems like it would push the Bob Hoskins classic into LOL-worthy territory. Also, we could get rid of the nightmare-inducing ‘flattening’ sequence. Eek!
3. Flight of the Navigator (1986)
We imagine the sequel to this one as a sort of mash-up with Sex and the City, where previous supporting cast member Sarah Jessica Parker takes the mainstage as a woman abducted by aliens in order to learn why she insists on wearing such outlandish outfits. Or something.
4. ET the Extra Terrestrial (1982)
OK, we admit, this one might feel a tiny bit… wrong. But hear us out. Picture ET, returning to Earth after leaving an emotional mess more than 30 years ago… hell bent on finding his former best buddy Elliott, now married with children. Tears all around as they reunite, and Elliott introduces his alien pal to his adorable kids.
Trust us, Spielberg… there won’t be a dry eye in the house.