A few years ago, it was reported that The Goonies spinoff was in the works. Years later, we got an update from producer Gail Berman during an interview with Variety. Berman is partnering with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment and The Donner Company film producer Lauren Shuler Donner to make a series for Disney Plus titled Our Time. Sarah Watson (Parenthood) will write and executive produce the series.
“We needed a terrific writer and great partners, so we brought the idea to Amblin and those guys loved it,” Berman said about The Goonies spinoff series. “Sarah Watson is our creator. The series is a story of a town and a family in the lens of Friday Night Lights, and within that they tell a story of a shot-by-shot remake of The Goonies. We had to go to Warner Bros., to Toby Emmerich, and ask if we could have rights [to The Goonies]. They said yes, obviously, because of Mr. Spielberg and the Donners. We’re now doing this for Disney Plus.”
The inspiration for Berman came during the producer’s time at Paramount. A group of fans made a shot-for-shot recreation of Raiders of the Lost Ark. Although it was not met with positivity from others at the studio, Berman was inspired.
“When I was at Paramount, there were these young boys doing this movie about Raiders of the Lost Ark, a shot-by-shot remake. It got some press at the time, and the studio was very upset about it. I thought it was an amazing idea, and it always stood in my head of — how can you take an idea like that and turn it into a TV series?”
The Goonies Spinoff in the Making
For now, we have possibilities of who is attached to the project. Greg Mottola (Superbad) is reported to direct The Goonies spinoff series. Attached to possibly star is Caitlin FitzGerald (Inventing Anna), Livi Birch (Stranger Things), Jade Fernandez (Deep Water), Ramon Rodriguez (Battle Los Angeles), and Rachael Thompson (WandaVision).
Although details are limited outside of the Friday Night Lights comparison, there is an official synopsis that you can read below:
“The Goonies are back and this time the gang found an enchanted space map which shows that Old Willy and his one eye was not your average pirate at all. So the search is on for unimaginable treasures. Along the way they smoke some sweet space weed, meet some interesting challenges and uncover Hillary’s deleted emails.”