VOTD: The Making of The Goonies

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I recently rediscovered this vintage 1980′s EPK documentary The Making of The Goonies on uniquedaily. I remember seeing this seven minute behind the scenes doc when I was younger. I love how a big focus of the piece is how director Richard Donner struggled to work with kid stars. And its always fun to see behind the scenes footage from one of your favorite childhood films. I wonder if Warner Bros has a lot more behind the scenes footage in a vault somewhere. Would love to see them release a longer cut of some of this stuff when Goonies hits Blu-ray.
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Do you want a sequel to The Goonies? Really? Well, you might be in luck. The original’s scriptwriter Chris Columbus has been speaking to Sci-Fi Wire about the possible new picture, revealing that Joe Pantoliano, who is starring in Columbus’ Percy Jackson and was Francis Fratelli in the original Goonies, has had some relevant chatter with Richard Donner. Quotes on that coming up after the break, as well as Columbus’ rather glib proposal on what adventure the next gen Goonies could face.

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Last we heard, Shane Black‘s treatment for a new Lethal Weapon film was shot dead in the water by series star Mel Gibson. IGN was able to talk to producer Joel Silver, who claims that the project might still happen, eventually.

“We talked about it, but it was something that Mel didn’t want to do now,” Silver explained. “It doesn’t mean that he doesn’t want to do it ever, but as of right now, he doesn’t.” … “If we can do it, it would be fun. Shane [Black] had a great take on it, a great idea, a great feeling about it. He did a really complex kind of treatment or outline, very complicated, very good. The idea that they wanted to get it up right away, we couldn’t do that, but we’ll see what happens.”

So, according to Silver, Mel just isn’t interested in returning to the series right now. But series director Richard Donner previously inferred that another installment isn’t likely to happen without his involvement. And from what I understand, Black wanted to helm a film based on the extensive treatment that Silver mentioned above. Shane Black is a great director, and an even better writer. Let Donner produce, but I’d rather see a fifth Lethal Weapon film with Black at the helm.

Richard Donner confirms that a Goonies sequel is once again dead. The last script attempt involved a new group of kids, as the daughters and sons of the original Goonies gang, going off on a new adventure. Most of the original cast members have expressed interest during interviews, in returning for a second film, if it were to happen. But Donner tells Variety that the most recent attempt “simply didn’t work out.

“We tried really hard, and Steven (Spielberg) said, ‘Let’s do it.’ We had a lot of young writers submit work, but it just didn’t seem to call for it,” Donner explained, before giving a slight update on the proposed Goonies musical we told you about in March 2007: “I’m in the process of trying to get it done as a musical on Broadway. Wouldn’t that be great?”

Apparently the director has already met with former Broadway entertainment attorney John F. Breglio about the idea, and is confident that the Goonies musical is moving “in the right direction”. He’s even figured out the intermission act break, which would take place right as the kids fall though the hold. The second half of the play would take place underground, in search for One Eyed Willie’s treasure.

I’m still unsure about the idea of a broadway musical, although, I definitely can see how it could work. And I’ve always been conflicted about the idea of a Goonies sequel. A part of me wants to return to that world, be reunited with all the kids, now all-grown-up, and give a new generation of children a chance to discover the original film. But the other part of me that was burned by Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, knows exactly what could happen if it doesn’t turn out good. Either way, it isn’t happening, at least for now, but Goonies never say die.

Mel Gibson Passes on Lethal Weapon 5

Last we heard, Joel Silver was waiting on Mel Gibson to approve Shane Black‘s treatment for Lethal Weapon 5. Now word comes from original series director Richard Donner (via: the Los Angeles Times) that Gibson turned down the idea and the project is dead.

“Mel turned it down. I would like to think that Mel turned it down because I wasn’t involved. Knowing Mel, I would like to think that. Would that be the kind of thing he does? It sure would be,” Donner said. “It’s too bad, actually, because Channing Gibson, who wrote the fourth one, and Mike Riva, a designer on three of them, and myself and Derek [Hoffman, an associate at The Donner Company] had an incredibly strong story for the fifth movie. But we weren’t given the opportunity and I think maybe I could have convinced Mel to do it. But Warners chose to go with Joel Silver.”

And if that leaves any room for speculation, Donner concluded “Yes, the project is pretty much dead in the water unless someone had the sense to come to me.” I was a big Donner fan back in the 80′s, especially after Superman, but I would really like to see what Black has up his sleeve. Besides having written the original Lethal Weapon screenplay, Black made a huge splash with his 2005 directorial debut Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (which was one of my favorite films of that year). I have faith that Black’s film would be so much more than the last couple sequels in the series. It’s too bad that Warner Bros can’t get Donner on board as a producer, which to me sounds like the only possible resolution.

The Wolverine situation is something that movie journalists have been talking about since February. You probably didn’t notice because most of us didn’t write about it. And even now, I’m not exactly sure what I could or should say. So I’ll just relay the RUMOR that Jeff Wells is reporting on Hollywood Elsewhere.

The basic gist is that Fox co-chairman and CEO Tom Rothman has been going around director Gavin Hood in an attempt to make X-Men Origins: Wolverine a more kid-friendly film. Wells’ source claims that when Hood left a set which was being prepped for a “dark, dinghy and somber” look, only to return to something much brighter and totally different than he had planned.

I’m not sure this story is true, but it wouldn’t surprise me considering all the behind-the-scenes bickering that has been rumored. For instance, in March, Dark Horizons reported that Richard Donner had been put on set as “some sort of directing consultant”. Fox later downplayed the rumor claiming that Donner also was on set for the X-Men films. I’m sure this rumor will also be denied.

A new LA Times article on Frank Miller has revealed a few interesting news tidbits:

  • Miller has already interviewed actors for his big screen adaptation of Will Eisner’s The Spirit. One of the actors is a “notable Sin City star.” Any guesses on which star this could be? Filming will start this year.
  • Miller had a meeting with Superman director Richard Donner. I wonder if this was just a meet and greet or a meeting over a possible future Miller adaptation? Or may-be even a new project based on an original Miller screenplay?
  • Miller has finished 120 pages of the eventual 170 page Holy Terror, Batman! graphic novel: “Our hero’s key quote is, ‘Those clowns don’t know what terror is,’ ” Miller said. “Then he sets out to get the guys.”
  • And we finally get confirmation that there are two sequels to Sin City in the pipeline. No word on if they will be shot back-to-back.

You can read the whole article at LATimes.com.

The GooniesThe Goonies are Good Enough for Broadway, Sequel Unlikely

Okay, the good news comes first:

Director Richard Donner is trying to turn The Goonies into the next big Broadway musical sensation.

“Steven and I have discussed it, and it’s something that I’m fairly passionate about right now,” Donner told EW.

I would travel to New York City to see the Truffle Shuffle on stage. And it would be interesting to see how they translate the boobie traps and Data’s gadgets to the stage.

Now for the bad news:

Donner says the often rumored Goonies 2 is very unlikely.

“We never had a script. We tried a couple of times and every time we did, we realized, ‘What are we doing?’”

In a world of Indiana Jones 4 and Live Free or Die Hard, surely someone can come up with a good idea for a Goonies sequel. Chris Columbus broke onto the scene with an incredible script which got the notice of Steven Spielberg. He followed up Gremlins with The Goonies, but has written little to nothing since. We need to get Columbus to return to his roots.

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