Anyone who watches movies religiously like I do knows one of the biggest truths in the movie world is "remakes happen." For good or bad, they happen a lot. New takes on old films generates interest in people who weren't around the first time the movie came was popular, or even just weren't part of the right demographic. With new generations comes new opportunities and chances to appeal to new audiences. The industry seems to be especially interested in old 80's movies right now. Have you noticed? From cute kids' movies like Annie to all time 80's classics like The Goonies, Godzilla, and Robocop, studios seem keen to capitalize on the nostalgia craze that's been so widespread lately.
Why? Well, I already mentioned nostalgia, and that's probably the biggest aspect. When people get older they want to be reminded of things when they were young. For example, the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (regardless of your opinions on Michael Bay) was really successful. According to BoxOfficeMojo.com, they ranked number 4 in all-time opening box office weekends for August. Another reason is because people who liked the original are probably still going to spend the money to go see a remake even if it doesn't look promising. There's not really any word yet on how The Goonies process is going, but even if it the trailer doesn't sell me like it should, I'm still going to go see it. It's The Goonies. In any carnation, it's something I grew up with. I'll just spend my time until then hoping they really put the work into making it amazing. What else can we do?