Elvis producer Gail Berman has provided a small update on the upcoming Goonies series that is currently in the works for Disney+. But before anyone gets upset, this is not a remake, sequel, reboot or prequel – not exactly.
In an interview with Variety, Berman explains that the series will follow a group of young boys who set out to create their own shot-for-shot home-movie version of The Goonies.
The series is inspired by the real-life fan film, Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation by Chris Strompolos, Eric Zala, and Jayson Lamb. A film which upset Paramount when it was released, but delighted Steven Speilberg so much that he invited the creators to meet him.
The creation of the fan film was covered in the 2015 documentary, Raiders: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made.
The series is being produced by Berman, Amblin and Lauren Shuler Donner, with permission from The Goonies IP-owner, Warner Bros.
Berman also gave an update on the stage adaptation of the movie that made Natalie Portman an Academy Award-winner, Black Swan.
Revolving around the New York City Ballet’s production of Swan Lake, Nina Sayers (Natalie Portman) lands the leading role, but under all the pressure placed on her, she finds that her world begins to break down as she loses grip of what is real and what is in her own mind.
The film was a smash hit when it was released in 2010 and was nominated for a further four Academy Awards including Best Director for Darren Aronofsky and Best Picture.
Berman states in the interview that the first table read of the stage adaptation has been completed and that a workshop will hopefully begin in December. Kevin McCollum, Darren Aronofsky, and Scott Franklin will be co-producing the show with Dave Malloy composing, Jen Silverman writing the book, and Rachel Chavkin directing.