"The stuff that I'm involved with – the Gremlins and Goonies reboots, for instance," says the man who went on to direct Home Alone (1990) and the first two Harry Potter outings, "they would do those without me. So, I'm staying involved just so I can be protective and actually protect what people love about those movies so it doesn't go off track."
Arguably nothing groundbreaking, but what's interesting there for those paying attention is the first use, that we know of, of the word "reboot" in relation to the project. As opposed to "sequel". Last time he spoke at any length on the subject, Columbus was musing a generational passing of the torch that would at least include the original cast. "I think the only way it could be done is if the kids are now the parents, and their kids have become the Goonies."
Is that still on the cards? Will we see any of the surviving original player – which included Josh Brolin, Sean Astin, Ke Quan, Jeff Cohen, Corey Feldman, Kerri Green, Martha Plimpton and John Matuszak – if a new Goonies outing goes ahead?
More questions than answers then, and no-one is attached bar Columbus. But the fact that we are talking about it at all seems to mean there is potentially life in Goonies 2 yet. As always, watch this space.