Sean Astin, who will be a guest at the 2015 Wizard World Tulsa pop culture con, is guaranteed to get this question at almost every convention appearance: Will there ever be a “Goonies” sequel?
“I have said and will always say, that it’s not a question of if, but rather of when the sequel gets made,” Astin, who played Mikey in the 1985 movie, said during a phone interview to promote his Wizard World Tulsa appearance Oct. 24-25.
Astin said it’s a 100 percent mortal lock that “Goonies 2” will happen.
“The precise makeup of it, I have no idea,” he said. “Whether I will be in it, no idea. Whether they would even want the original cast in it, no idea.
“But it doesn’t matter. It’s bigger — it’s actually bigger than everybody. It’s bigger than even Steven (Spielberg), who created it. It’s bigger than Richard Donner, who breathed such strong life into it. It’s now a part of American cultural lore, and the studio has a lot to gain from promoting it, so you can take it to the bank that people will get to enjoy it more.”
Astin and Corey Feldman, who played Clark “Mouth” Devereaux in “The Goonies,” once crafted an idea for a sequel.
“We had good fun working on that together and pitched it, and we were respectfully dismissed,” Astin said.
Astin is a believer that some movies should never have a sequel. “But ‘Goonies’ ain’t one of them,” he said. “‘Goonies’ is pret-a-porter for a sequel, man. It is ready to wear. I thought it would be a great animated series, then you could do all kinds of stuff, unencumbered from budget issues and that stuff. But people want it. People want to see it.
And people are not always as misguided as we might represent. Sometimes the people know just what they want.”
Astin said his daughters recently turned on their Apple TV and the 30-year-old movie was listed as one of the top three recommendations.
“I just find that a stunning fact. I actually stopped and looked at it. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing,” Astin said, adding that “The Goonies” seems to be one of the most screened-outdoors movies around, whether it’s shown at drive-ins or on the sides of buildings.
“They just did one in a cemetery here in L.A. It’s all over the country. People just love to watch it outdoors. That kind of grassroots, kitsch, culty kind of vibe makes total sense. But the fact that Apple TV, which is mainstream commerce in the moment, the fact that they put ‘Goonies’ as one of the top picks, means it has solidified its place in the pantheon of popular films.”
See Sunday’s Tulsa World for more from a recent Astin interview. Hint: The “Lord of the Rings” trilogy is likely to be mentioned.