In the words of Mikey Walsh… Goonies never say die. We’ve been hearing about the possibility of a Goonies sequel for many years now with director Richard Donner stating back in 2014 that it was happening with both Chris Columbus and Steven Spielberg apparently on board to produce. Of course, that was six years ago and it would seem that once again they hit a dead end… until now. This week we are hearing that there is a brand new Goonies-related TV show in the works, but it’s not exactly what you might expect. Hit the jump for more info.
According to Deadline, Fox has given a pilot order to an untitled drama series that revolves around three students attempting a shot-for-shot remake of the 1985 movie The Goonies. Here’s the full plot synopsis:
“After failing to make it in New York and carrying a heavy secret with her, Stella Cooper returns to her distressed automotive hometown to substitute teach. She finds inspiration, hope and ultimately salvation when she agrees to help three students who are pursuing their filmmaking dreams by putting on an impossibly ambitious shot-for-shot remake of one of the student’s favorite movies… The Goonies. Over the course of the season, their passion will inspire a town in desperate need of hope in this love letter to the power of cinema, storytelling and dreams.”
The show hails from writer-producer Sarah Watson (The Bold Type, Pure Genius) but it has the support of Warner Brothers and Amblin Entertainment with Richard Donner and his wife Lauren Shuler Donner on board as producers. Greg Mottola (Superbad) will direct the pilot. Strangely, this sounds very similar to the true story of Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation, a shot-for-shot Indiana Jones remake completed by three Mississippi teenagers as seen in the documentary Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made. Somehow the fact that they have simply substituted another ’80s movie in its place makes it feels even more like empty nostalgia porn but I am still somewhat curious. Would you watch a TV show about three kids remaking The Goonies?