In his comments about the remake of THE GOONIES, Joe Valdez mentioned that the original would never be as good as a book like John Fitzgerald's THE GREAT BRAIN.
And, he is right.
THE GREAT BRAIN was very popular back in the late 70's and early 80's. Like the Beverly Cleary books and the Encyclopedia Brown books, I loved them all.
I also remember some time in the early 80's during vacation, going to a school in another town where they had a showing of a film version of THE GREAT BRAIN. All I remember about it was it starred one of the Osmonds (Jimmy) and I believe there was a scene where someone stepped on a nail and died or almost died from infection. It has been quite a while so the details are hazy.
Yet, other than that showing in 16mm in a school auditorium, I never saw the film again. I don't think it ever was released on VHS or DVD. And, I never saw it on TV.
There is hardly anything on the IMDB page for the film. There are rumors in the message boards that there were legal reasons why it never aired again.
I found a movie poster of it on Ebay (it is copy protected so I can't post it here). It looks like it was an Osmond family production, with a few members of the family starring and producing. I don't see any movie company listed, so they might have self distributed it.
It is funny that a film like this, based on a very popular book, would disappear.
Maybe this would deserve a remake more than THE GOONIES. If only to get people reading the books again.