Fox has given the green light for the go-ahead of a pilot for ‘The Goonies’ re-enactment series that follows a group of students trying to remake the 1985 classic.
The series follows Stella Cooper, after failing to make it in New York and carrying a heavy secret with her, 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 favourite 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.
‘Superbad’ helmer Greg Mottola has been snagged to direct the pilot. The project comes from ‘The Bold Type’ creator Sarah Watson and the Gail Berman-run SideCar, with the involvement of the film’s original director-producer Richard Donner, production company, Steven Spielberg’s Amblin, and studio Warner Bros.
‘The Goonies’ not only provided HeyUGuys with its name but was an instant hit with a whole generation of film fans back in 1985. Written by Chris Columbus based on a story by Spielberg and directed by Richard Donner, the original film was about a group of kids from the “Goon Docks” neighbourhood of Astoria, OR, who, while trying to save their homes from foreclosure, find a treasure map and go on an adventure, trying to find a famous pirate’s long-lost fortune. The movie starred Sean Astin and Josh Brolin and was a box office hit, grossing $124 million on a $19 million budget.