"Goonies never say die," and fans of all ages have given an extended life to the beloved Steven Spielberg-produced film about a group of misfits that go on a wild treasure hunt to save their homes from greedy developers. It doesn't seem like it's been 25 years since Mikey, Chunk, Mouth, Data and the gang escaped under the Fratelli's hideout to seek out the riches of pirate One-Eyed Willie, but Warner Bros. marked the occasion with a collector's edition DVD and Blu-ray debut packed with a board game, collectible storyboard prints, a 1985 souvenir magazine and more.
Some of the cast and filmmakers returned to the Warner Bros. lot to accompany and cheer on the winning teams from The Goonies 25th Anniversary Great Treasure hunt Sweepstakes, which had 25,000 "Goonies"-gaga entrants. The contestants had to race through the Warner Bros. lot on shuttles with cast and crew in tow and complete of series of challenges, including answering "Goonies" trivia, a scavenger hunt in a wooded area, playing the correct sequence of notes on an organ and more. Jessica Vitela was the first to hop on a pint-sized bicycle with training wheels and cross the finish line for the $5,000 grand prize as fans cheered her on.
Those same "Goonies" fans from around the world have been clamoring for a sequel for years, but director Richard Donner isn't sold on the idea. "Steven [Spielberg] said to me on the phone, 'Maybe we should try another one.' I don't know," said Donner. "We just got a storyline and I'm in the process of hopefully doing 'Goonies' as a musical on Broadway."
Corey Feldman said the he and his fellow Goonies try to get together every few years and that the subject of a sequel always comes up. "The only way a sequel would work would be showing us adults and our kids go on an adventure and we are secondary characters," he said. "If there was a good script and a recipe to do a sequel, we would have done it."
Robert Davi, who played Jake Fratelli, has his own idea for a follow-up. "The Fratelli brothers are exhuming our mother's body because she has the secret to where the ship went," he said. "I'm doing a singing act and extorting places that put me in because I'm not very good."
"Usually when a sequel comes out 20 some years later, it's a bad sign," said Jeff Cohen, who played Chunk. "Richard Donner really let us be ourselves, so it's kids being kids. I think that's the aspect that still resonates with people today." A slimmed down Cohen says that people never recognize him as his "Goonies" character. "I used to be Chunk, now I'm Hunk."
Donner has a genuine affection for his cast and said these were "the most naïve, untouched group of kids" he had ever known and that it would be difficult to find that quality today when young actors come to auditions with DVDs, a long résumé, and a showbiz mom. ""Dick embraced these young people and never spoke down to them," said casting director Mike Fenton. "He utilized their skills well and it shows on film. 'The Goonies' is amazing because it touches so many generations. People have seen hundreds of movies in their lifetimes…and they're Goonies first. They love it."