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You all know my stance on remakes and sequels for sequels sake, well how glad was I when I read these two news stories this week?
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 didnt work out.
We tried really hard, and Steven (Spielberg) said, Lets do it. We had a lot of young writers submit work, but it just didnt seem to call for it, Donner explained, before giving a slight update on the proposed Goonies musical we told you about in March 2007: Im in the process of trying to get it done as a musical on Broadway. Wouldnt that be great?
In more Richard Donner news:
Last we heard, Joel Silver was waiting on Mel Gibson to approve Shane Blacks 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 wasnt involved. Knowing Mel, I would like to think that. Would that be the kind of thing he does? It sure would be, Donner said. Its 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 werent given the opportunity and I think maybe I could have convinced Mel to do it. But Warners chose to go with Joel Silver.
Whilst I’m happy that the Goonies won’t get ruined with a remake – at least for another year or so until the rumours come flying again – I was a little sad I won’t get another Lethal Weapon as I’m a huge fan of that franchise…but then I was also relieved that they’re finally going to let it be. Take that Hollywood – give us something new for a change!
Speaking of something new, how freaked out am I that Thorpe Park is going to open a Saw themed rollercoaster in 2009? The ride will last 1.30mins and 30% of it will be indoors, it will be the first horror themed ride in the UK.
This has to be a restricted age ride, no? Just that dolls face is enough to freak me out!
Something a little more pleasant but not for all is ‘Zack & Miri Make A Porno’. Funnily enough some executives don’t like the word ‘porno’ in the title and have forced it be removed from some advertising after complaints. I think this is actually going to have more of