The director had recently started up his own production company, Amblin Entertainment, which he wanted to use for more family-focused entertainment, so struggled to leave Donner to his work.
Lord of the Rings actor Sean Astin, who played The Goonies’ leader Mikey, wrote in his autobiography that Donner and Spielberg were like “co-directors” during filming.
It has since been revealed that Spielberg was more than an observer on the set of the adventure movie, but actually dabbled in shooting some scenes himself.
While Spielberg was inspired to write the film, the movie itself went on to inspire an enormous cult following who still loved it to this day. The fandom has since called for a sequel to the legendary film.
Last year a live stream involving Spielberg and the original cast came together where the topic of a sequel was discussed.
Spielberg said: “[Writer] Chris [Columbus], Dick [Richard Donner] and I have had a lot of conversations about it.
“Every couple of years we come up with an idea but then it doesn’t hold water.”
Spielberg went on to say that the cast and crew of the original movie raised the bar on so high they haven’t been able to write any ideas that would improve upon The Goonies.
He said: “Until we do, people are just going to have to look at this [live stream] a hundred times!”
Donner added: “How are you going to find seven miserable kids like this again that are new and fresh?”
The Goonies is available to watch on Amazon Prime Video.