I’m a little obsessed with my favorite movie right now. I was sketching out how I would write a sequel with fictional offspring of the gang going on their own treasure hunt. Before one starts writing out a new adventure, the details of the aftermath of the original story.
The Goonies ends with the criminals arrested, the rich jerk developer being thwarted, an uncrewed pirate ship sailing off to the sunset, and an implied happily-ever-after for the kids. With the innocent nature of the film to guide us, what happens to the characters? What happens to the ship itself?
Without a plea bargain, the kids would probably have to testify at a trial over the murder of the “Fed” in the freezer. Would there be a media circus around it, given the public nature of it all?
Did One Eyed Willy rig the ship to sail off and that’s that? Or did he rig it further to sink after a while? There’s a sizeable Coast Guard presence in Astoria, did they take the Inferno back to port?
Were the jewels really enough to pay off multiple mortgages? Perhaps just enough houses to thwart the development? Would complicated salvage laws even come into play in a movie?
What do each of the Goonies become as adults? It’s a little tough, as nobody in the film talks about their plans for the future. They all become famous for the events of the film, but that’s mostly gone now. My working theories:
Mikey - works at the same museum his dad did, caring for the permanent Willy exhibit, including the Inferno at the dock. His kids think he’s a joke.
Mouth - cliche or no, he became a Portland area car salesman, and does plumbing on the side. Twice divorced with a kid from each marriage.
Data - is a toy designer in Maryland, but also secretly designs spy gagets for the CIA. Great family but he hates that he can’t tell anyone he got his dream job.
Chunk - like the actor who portrayed him, Chunk is now a lawyer (personal injury and pro-bono work for special needs adults).
Brand - struggling to find his place after a mostly successful college sports career, now back in town managing the bowling alley.
Andy - spent many years in L.A. trying to be an actress, now back in Astoria as a single mom.
Stef - practically raising her own granddaughter because her idiot son hasn’t moved out of the house… wrong show… Stef became a wonderful but ordinary wife and mother in a lovely Portland suburb. Three perfect kids don’t quell her secret longing for another adventure.
Sloth passed away peacefully in his sleep soon after Chunk left for college.
The Fratelli boys are serving long sentences in state prison. They initially hated the Goonies, but Ma was diagnosed with cancer while in prison and got good medical care until she died. Jake and Francis now see it all as a blessing in disguise, and are friends with Chunk.
What do you think?