FOX and Sarah Watson's (The Bold Type, Parenthood) The Goonies re-enactment drama has found its male lead in Ramon Rodriguez (Gang Related). Focusing on a substitute teacher who helps students film a shot-by-shot remake of 1985's The Goonies), the network pilot stems from Warner Bros. TV, FOX's SideCar, and Amblin TV.
Rodriguez's Jax is a former Marine who owns the local hardware store in the small town of Ridgeville. Jax has a mysterious background and is one of the few people in town that didn't grow up there. Jax bonds with Stella, who has just returned home after 14 years away and he has a soft spot for Collin and his friends, who frequent his store to support all their adventures.
With Watson set to write the pilot and Greg Mottola (Superbad, The Newsroom) directing, here's a look at the official overview of the pilot:
"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."
Mottola is set to executive produce alongside SideCar's Gail Berman, Lauren Shuler Donner, Richard Donner, and Amblin's Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank. Steven Spielberg and Donner's adventure-comedy film was originally released in 1985, growing a strong following over the years and securing a prominant spot on the pop culture landscape. Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Corey Feldman, Martha Plimpton, Joe Pantoliano, Jeff Cohen, and Jonathan Ke Huy Quan starred in the film.