“The Goonies” Pegged for a Musical
Unfortunately (or fortunately), hopes of there ever being a sequel to the beloved 80’s cult classic, The Goonies, were all but quashed at an event held for the film’s 25th anniversary DVD and Blu-ray release (see coverage from Collider). Members of the cast admitted that they were getting old, that if it were going to happen it would have by now, that various scripts and ideas had been proposed but none had taken hold. That leaves this fake trailer for “The Goonies 2” posted by a fan on Youtube, in the land where dreams go to die. It doesn’t mean, however, that there aren’t big plans to revive the goonie spirit. Director Richard Donner told the press at the anniversary event of his plans for Broadway to breath life back into The Goonies.
“Hopefully we’re doing this as a musical on Broadway,” says Donner. “It took forever to get on Broadway. It was a long, long process but it just got shorter…” Donner attributes his latest strides towards adapting The Goonies as a musical to work that Tim Long, a writer/producer from The Simpsons, has done on the new project. If anyone can carve a musical out of The Goonies film it’s the guys from The Simpsons.
We’ll see what Broadway does with Mikey, Mouth, Chunk, Sloth and the rest of the gang in their quest for One-Eyed Willy’s shipwrecked treasure. There’s certainly room for fun interpretation of the film’s distinctive characters as well as elaborate sets (think Go Go Gadget). And music is already such a big part of the film, with an Italian opera-singing criminal, a trick organ made out of bones that, if played incorrectly, will cause the floor to drop out from under you, and not to mention Cindi Lauper’s upbeat theme song, “The Goonies ‘R’ Good Enough.”
There are a lot of kinks that need to be worked out before we can see these goonies sing and dance. But in the meantime, if you’d like to whet your palate, you might be interested in this Youtube video posted by a fan that had his thumb on the pulse of the goonie future.