The TV show produced by Warner Bros will be an ode to the original classic film and to cinema itself.
Disney is all set to resurrect the world of Goonies, ushering in a wave of nostalgia for those who have grown up watching the iconic movie. The streaming giant has announced that a TV show will be created, drawing inspiration from the classic, for Disney+. The project has been titled Our Time. The project is centered around a teacher who finds purpose and inspiration by helping her students remake Steven Spielberg and Richard Donner’s 1985 film, shot-for-shot. The series is made by Warner Bros. TV and was set to be produced for Fox. The network had originally ordered a pilot in February 2020 but the content was reported as "too young" for the audience and has since been picked up by Disney+, reported Variety. The Donner Company and Amblin are involved with the production of the TV series.
The TV series is, in many ways, a love letter to the world of cinema and storytelling, and it'll have a similar effect on the people of the town in which the TV project is set. The synopsis of the project reads: "After failing to make it in New York and carrying a heavy secret with her, Stella 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 their favorite movies—The Goonies. Over the course of the season of the potential series, their passion will inspire a town in desperate need of hope in this love letter to the power of cinema, storytelling and dreams."
Sarah Watson, the creator of The Bold Type and Parenthood, has written the pilot script for the project. "Sarah worked nonstop to deliver this incredible script, we had our table read, and then the world shut down for COVID," said Clancy Collins White, exec VP and head of development, in a statement. "So we came back many months later and finished the beautiful pilot, and it was an incredible cast, but unfortunately a little bit too young for Fox." White added that the solid foundation of the script and great storytelling meant they eventually found a way. "It's been another example of being able to carve a pathway where there wasn't one by virtue of a great story, a great pilot, a great series. The deal has taken a while to make, but we're really excited to be moving forward," said White.
The original Goonies movie starred Sean Astin, Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin, Jeff Cohen, Martha Plimpton, Kerry Green, and Ke Huy Quan, among others. The movie centered around a group of kids trying to locate a treasure to save their homes from foreclosure. Richard Donner directed and co-produced with Steven Spielberg and Chris Columbus. It was Columbus who wrote the screenplay, based on a story by Spielberg.
The new TV project will also include Gail Berman and Hend Baghdady from The Jackal Group as executive producers apart from Watson, Lauren Shuler Donner and the late Richard Donner, and Amblin TV's Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey.