While I rarely take anything Corey Feldman says seriously, I did find this recent quote insightful. After being asked for the billionth time if there would be a Goonies sequel, Feldman had this to say via
The Hollywood Reporter:
According to Feldman everyone, including Goonies writer Steven Spielberg, co-star Sean Astin and director Richard Donner, wants to reunite for a sequel.
“We’d all like to see it happen, but it’s one of those stumbling blocks where no matter how much love there is …,” Feldman tells THR. “The No. 1 question that’s always been asked of me for the last 20 years is, ‘Will there be a sequel to Goonies?,’ and unfortunately my answer is always the same. It’s not up to me, you know, it’s the studio.”
“They treasure this film, as you know. It is literally their greatest family film title of all time. That’s the way they see it. It’s always on the top 25, all DVD sales around the world all the time,” he says. “If we go and throw a sequel out there that’s lesser [in quality,] then suddenly we may hurt this continuous cash cow.”
This is one of the few ways that a sequel can hurt the original. The original is not changed nor altered in any way at all, but one of the rare qualities that continue to drive sales of the original Goonies is nostalgia.
If nostalgia is satisfied and we get that misty fantasy of how good this movie is shattered by modern film making (good or bad honestly) then all those flaws and hokiness of the original that we are so willing to forgive are now shown in brilliant detail.
As much as I would LOVE to see a sequel to the Goonies, it is one of those things I don’t think would happen. They want to preserve the love to keep sales going.
There may be a momentary boost of sales if a sequel is announced, and again in some magical 2-pack that would inevitably hit shelves afterward, but then it could fade from its steady presence in sales after that.
As much as fans would want the film, the studio doesn’t want to limit that cashflow from the property even if it means a temporary boost.