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'Goonie' Tunes

A second ''Goonies'' movie probably won't ever happen, but director Richard Donner says he's discussed a musical adaptation with Steven Spielberg

GOOD ENOUGH? Director Donner and Spielberg are trying to tune up an idea for a Goonies musical (the original film's ''Chunk,'' played by Jeff Cohen,…
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GOOD ENOUGH? Director Donner and Spielberg are trying to tune up an idea for a Goonies musical (the original film's ''Chunk,'' played by Jeff Cohen, pictured)

The coolest kid adventure film of the 1980s — eat it, Flight of the Navigator! — has enjoyed a fervent cult following ever since its release in 1985. But what Goonies lovers really want to know is, Will we ever see Chunk, Data, and Mouth in another incarnation? Believe it or not, we very well might — as a musical. The film's director, Richard Donner (16 Blocks), says there is an active attempt to mount a musical adaptation of the original, which was written by Chris Columbus from Steven Spielberg's story. ''Steven and I have discussed it, and it's something that I'm fairly passionate about right now,'' Donner tells us.

A second movie seems unlikely, however. ''We never had a script,'' Donner explains. ''We tried a couple of times and every time we did, we realized, 'What are we doing?''' Which is disappointing, to be sure, but nothing seeing the ''Truffle Shuffle'' as a lavish production number can't make better.

Originally posted Mar 28, 2007
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