When asked about whether or not a sequel to The Goonies might be in the works, actor Sean Astin was a little vague. While he reportedly told Tulsa World that the sequel was "a 100 percent mortal lock," he followed up the thought with some context that makes it seem as though it might still just be an idea floating around in his endlessly delightful brain.
“I have said and will always say, that it’s not a question of if, but rather of when the sequel gets made," said Astin. He explained that the fandom -- which has powered love for the film for over 30 years -- deserved a sequel:
The precise makeup of it, I have no idea. 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.
While Astin isn't regularly a fan of sequels, he believes that The Goonies is one of the few films that needs one:
‘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.
He went on to explain The Goonies' timeless standing in pop culture, and how fan-run screenings keeps the film alive:
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.
Astin's standing as a staple of pop culture stems from endless work throughout modern cinema, ranging from classics like The Goonies to epic franchises such as Lord of the Rings. So, while the actor may not need any help becoming even more iconic, it's nice that he understands how important The Goonies is to so many long-time fans.