Steven Spielberg updates fans on possible The Goonies sequel

Steven Spielberg hasn’t been able to come up with a worthwhile idea for a sequel to The Goonies.The 73-year-old took part in a livestream reunion on Monday to celebrate the classic 1985 adventure comedy, alongside original cast members Sean Astin, Josh…

Steven Spielberg hasn’t been able to come up with a worthwhile idea for a sequel to The Goonies.

The 73-year-old took part in a livestream reunion on Monday to celebrate the classic 1985 adventure comedy, alongside original cast members Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Corey Feldman, and Martha Plimpton, as well as director Richard Donner.

Spielberg co-wrote the movie with Chris Columbus, who also took part in the remote reunion, and he revealed to Josh Gad, who hosted the video call, that they haven’t been able to come up with a good idea for a sequel.

“Chris (Columbus), Dick (Donner) and I have had a lot of conversations about it,” the Oscar-winning director explained. “Every couple of years we come up with an idea but then it doesn’t hold water. Until we do, people are just going to have to look at this livestream a hundred times.”

“How are you going to find seven miserable kids like this again that are new and fresh?” Donner joked.

While watching the reunion, The Goldbergs creator Adam F. Goldberg revealed he had written a sequel to The Goonies because he was such a huge fan.

“I rival @joshgad as (the) ultimate fan of #TheGoonies. For the last 9 years I’ve been secretly writing PART 2 for fun,” he tweeted. “It’s my masterpiece. I even had a big meeting scheduled with Richard Donner… canceled ’cause of the lockdown! THE GOONIES 2 WILL happen when life resumes. Promise!!!”

The Goonies reunion also featured cast members Jeff Cohen, Ke Huy Quan, Joe Pantoliano, and Kerri Green, and the original stars also re-enacted scenes from the movie and shared memories of their time on set.

Cyndi Lauper, who wrote and performed The Goonies ‘R’ Good Enough to accompany the movie, also made a cameo during the livestream.

The episode of Reunited Apart raised funds for the Center for Disaster Philanthropy in support of their Covid-19 Response Fund.

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Sean Astin wanted to direct Fantastic Four movie starring Christina Aguilera

Sean Astin once hoped to direct a Fantastic Four movie starring Christina Aguilera.The actor shared the story during a recent appearance at the Amazing Comic-Con in Las Vegas, and revealed that he took his idea to bosses at 20th Century Fox after finis…

Sean Astin once hoped to direct a Fantastic Four movie starring Christina Aguilera.

The actor shared the story during a recent appearance at the Amazing Comic-Con in Las Vegas, and revealed that he took his idea to bosses at 20th Century Fox after finishing The Lord of the Rings saga, in which he played Samwise Gamgee, in 2003.

Astin even tracked down a number of scripts that were developed by the studio over the years – including one from filmmaker Chris Columbus – and eventually lined up a meeting with Kevin Feige, who at the time was in charge of physical production at Marvel Studios.

“I was just starring in Lord of the Rings so there was a moment where you could just call people. And I said, ‘Listen, is there any way in the world that you’d consider me to direct Fantastic Four?’ And he was like, ‘Well, I don’t know.’ I said, ‘So are you saying there’s zero chance? Zero? No chance? 100 per cent not gonna do it?’ He says, ‘Well, I’m not gonna say zero per cent…'” he stated.

Astin then met with Tom Rothman, the head of 20th Century Fox at the time, and pitched his Fantastic Four idea – with Aguilera as superhero Sue Storm.

“I remember I was trying to meet with Christina Aguilera, I thought she’d be great as Sue Storm. It was an amazing time, it was an insane time,” the 48-year-old commented, before recalling the less-than-enthusiastic response he received from the studio boss.

“(Rothman) looks at me and he’s like, ‘What are you doing here?’ I said, ‘I want to direct this movie.’ He goes, ‘Alright, well, this meeting is premature. We’ve ordered another script. It’s due in three weeks from now. And he said, ‘And I’ll let you read it.'”

Astin even approached Michael Chiklis and encouraged The Shield star to go for the part of the Thing, and later tried to convince Cameron Diaz to play Sue Storm.

“(Diaz) was like, ‘Wait, how long do I have to be in the make-up?’ And I was like, ‘Well, maybe a while.’ She said, ‘Yeah, I don’t want to do that,'” he added.

Sadly for The Lord of the Rings star, his beloved Fantastic Four project didn’t pan out, as Fox enlisted the filmmaking services of Tim Story, who directed the 2005 feature, starring Jessica Alba as Sue Storm, Ioan Gruffudd as Reed Richards, Chris Evans as The Human Torch, and Chiklis as the Thing.

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