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Exclusive: The Goonies Talk Sequel
Never say never. Or die.

29 April 2009  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  

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You may not have realised, but March 17, 2009, was an historic day. It was on that day in Hollywood, California, that all of The Goonies, including director Richard Donner and producer Steven Spielberg, were reunited for the first time in over 20 years* to have their photo taken for Empire's 20th birthday issue.

Naturally, whenever one or more Goonies are gathered together, they're always asked about a sequel, and this time was no different. Here's a little taste of what they had to say.

Richard Donner: "We tried for a long time. Steven and I had many meetings with writers but nothing stuck. It seemed disrespectful."

Corey Feldman: "So I guess the answer about the sequel is that there's always hope."

Donner: "No. No hope."

Sean Astin: "A year from now, ten years from now, 50 years from now, I'm absolutely convinced there'll be one. We'll figure it out. A sequel could be great. It could be shitty. You never know. But the original is the thing it is and no-one can ever change it."

That said, they do of course never say die. For the full interview, including talk of unconvincing sea-monsters, Josh Brolin's fashion mistakes and discussions of a Broadway remake of the movie, pick up the new issue of Empire.

In the meantime, you can watch our video from the shoot below, and check out the resulting portrait.

 *While most of them reunited for the awesome DVD commentary about 10 years ago, Spielberg wasn't there that day.

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Your Comments

Didn't hear from Chunk!
Great, but I didn't hear from the guy who gave us the funniest kid movie moment with the TRUFFLE SHUFFLE! Chunk... I love ya man! More

Posted by johnvinten at 19:52 on 06 May 2009 | Report This Post

Where's the Competition?
Hey You Guys, that was an awsome feature - I jumped straight to page 62 as soon as I picked up my copy of Empire, and haven't been on this site for a while but when I realised there was a video of the reunion I had to watch it at least 3 times. One question though - the mag says there is a comp online to win a signed poster, and I wont be able to sleep until I've entered - an idea where it is!? More

Posted by feetup at 11:45 on 04 May 2009 | Report This Post

Absolutely frickin awesome. I loved it. seeing everyone together again, happy to be with each other, was really lovely. Can't wait to see other re-unions: Breakfast Club, Grease, hell i'd even settle for a Top Gun get together! More

Posted by jrewing1000 at 20:48 on 03 May 2009 | Report This Post

Andy still looks hot.
Yep, that Kerri Green ain't half bad still. Shame shame, I know your name (after checking on IMDB)... More

Posted by captainamazing at 01:07 on 02 May 2009 | Report This Post

That was freakin' awesome. The best part is that Data sounds EXACTLY the same! And Feldman didn't get on my nerves.... More

Posted by chewbaccasmom at 22:35 on 01 May 2009 | Report This Post

The Uni-Goonie. It's nice / funny to see that Josh Brolin actually treats Sean Astin like his younger brother with that little taunt "I saw you a few years ago at a bar. And you were crying". Ha ha ha. Ace. More

Posted by jimoakley666 at 11:08 on 30 April 2009 | Report This Post

Makes me proud....
To see that EMPIRE, despite it's humble beginings, has become THE magazine that ALL the major players turn to not only to promote the present, but also to remember the past. I've been reading since Michelle Pfeiffer popped up on the cover for Batman Returns back in 1992(never miss an issue) Thanks Empire for a little nostalgia. It was great. More

Posted by boredbluekoala at 09:05 on 30 April 2009 | Report This Post

Reunions eh...?
OK. You know what would Rock? I mean BETTER than this? a PREDATOR reunion! with all this talk of a Rodriguez-Flavoured Reboot, it would be cool to see Dutch, Blain, Billy and the Guys together again for a photo-shoot. More

Posted by Snake-Eyes at 07:42 on 30 April 2009 | Report This Post

bboooby twaaapp

Posted by bigdog1000 at 23:58 on 29 April 2009 | Report This Post

aww m8!!!
just watched the vid and it brought a tear to my eye. Im a sap, i know, but being that i saw this movie 3 times at the cinema back in 1985 when i was 9, & with all my friends, it just goes to show ( I agree with Snake-eyes) that is was truly is a product of its time. The 80s rocked! pure escapism! Love it to bits! More

Posted by BubbaGump Shrimps at 20:16 on 29 April 2009 | Report This Post

Bad Idea
The Goonies was a true product of it's time - like so many classic 80's films. IMO, like the Spielberg-produced WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT, it's worth revisiting but not rebooting. More

Posted by Snake-Eyes at 19:05 on 29 April 2009 | Report This Post

Emotional and surreal
Good to see them altogether again. More

Posted by Noelg25 at 15:31 on 29 April 2009 | Report This Post

Goonies 2? Are they serious? That's got to be a joke. Too much time has passed. They're just far too old now and don't even resemble the people they were in 1984. If this gets made it will be one giant car crash. What a terrible idea. If they want to do bring Goonies back it would be better ito do it in the form of a videogame or animated show. More

Posted by mlavagna at 15:02 on 29 April 2009 | Report This Post

That was one of the most amazing videos I have ever viewed. Ever. I wish I was there. CURSE YOU EMPIRE, YOU'VE MADE ME JEALOUS OF YOU ONCE AGAIN! More

Posted by Chedderzz at 13:28 on 29 April 2009 | Report This Post

I want to SEE the entire interview, not just read it :) Its somehow not the same reading it. More

Posted by Pipkin3 at 13:10 on 29 April 2009 | Report This Post

Sadly ...
... he actor who played him died some years ago. More

Posted by Mad Dog Tannen at 13:05 on 29 April 2009 | Report This Post

Someone missing??
Were they eck all re-united...Sloth was missing from the line up!! Any ideas where he was???? More

Posted by piccolo135 at 12:47 on 29 April 2009 | Report This Post

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