As much as I never thought I’d type these words, Corey Feldman is right: “As uoi [sic] know the idea has been recycled four [sic] yrs, but it can’t be done w/o a perfect script! We all must be certain that it doesn’t miss the magic of the original.” But the “magic of the original” is something that simply can’t be recreated — it’s too embedded in the moment, in the youthfulness of the cast, in the lack of cynicism onscreen. Goonies II or Ghostbusters III would, at this point, be nothing but filmed deals. Bill Murray, unsurprisingly, cuts to the heart of the matter; when the interview mentions that his longtime friends want him to do another one, he responds, “Man, do [my friends] want to do it? They kind of do. But someone with a lot more to gain than my friends wants to do it more than they want to do it. Right?”
Right. We give the millennials and their dopey ‘90s nostalgia a fair amount of grief, but here’s where ‘90s nostalgia beats ‘80s nostalgia: ‘90s kids aren’t old enough yet to run studios and green-light bullshit ‘90s nostalgia projects. The stream of ‘80s nostalgia movies, though, is endless — in spite of the fact that much of ’80s cinema only has nostalgia to offer. (Why, it was only last week that some wise soul offered up this bon mot: “Just because you liked something when you were a kid, doesn’t mean it was good.”) Goonies and Ghostbusters offered more than that, but trying to recapture what made them great will accomplish only one thing: making somebody else a lot of money. Goonies, as the line from the movie goes, never say die. But Goonies II should.