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Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Goonies by Goodman

News Flash from the 80’s

News that was as insignificant in the 1980s as it is today:

In 1985 or so, author and then high school student Eric D. Goodman completed a script treatment and began first few dozen pages of the novel, Goonies 2.

In the exciting book, Samwise the hobbit, then a Goonie, was to lead a crew of misfits on a perilous adventure through the seven seas in pursuit of one-eyed Willie’s rich stuff. With him: Michael Jackson’s best friend, a George W. Bush/Tommy Lee Jones impersonator, Dan Akroyd playing a Conehead, a Short Round look a like, and several others.

Fueled by an invigorating soundtrack of Cyndi Lauper’s “Good Enough,” James Hornor’s “Goonie’s Main Theme,” and other motivational songs of the era, the project was a surefire hit. Until Goodman, who lived in Sasebo, Japan at the time, discovered the temptations of pachinko bars and vending-machine pony kegs.  It was when he sat on a street bench at 2 a.m. trying to convince authorities that his thermos of sake was really American-style orange juice that he gave up on the project. Richard Donnor, who had been ready to greenlight the project, didn’t even bother to read the treatment, disgusted by Goodman’s fall into the pachinko underworld.

Now, nearly 30 years later, as Hollywood considers making a Goonies sequel, Goonies fans everywhere are clamoring for a Godman-written  the novelization of the movie script.

When asked for comment, Goodman offered to get back to us as soon as he finished playing pachinko on smartphone. We have yet to hear from him.


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