There Was Supposed to Be an 'E.T.' Sequel? [And it Was Creepy!]
E.T. Push Re-Dial
There aren't enough Reese's Pieces in the world to lure E.T. out of hiding. A recently discovered draft for E.T. 2 has fueled specualtion that a sequel to the classic scifi movie is in the works, but director Steven Spielberg sounds less than excited about the idea.
GeekTryant.com has stumbled upon an amazingly bizarre 9-page treatment of an E.T. sequel that was written in 1982 by Spielberg and his writing partner Melissa Mathieson.
The sequel, called E.T. II: Nocturnal Fears, was supposed to introduce an evil race of flesh-eating aliens that are at war with E.T.'s kind and land on Earth looking to cause havoc. Then it's up to E.T. to stop a massive alien invasion.
Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on how sacred you hold your childhood movie memories), Spielberg decided the idea would ruin the original.
"Sequels can be very dangerous because they compromise your truth as an artist," Spielberg said, according to Geek Tyrant, "I think a sequel to E.T. would do nothing but rob the original of its virginity. People only remember the latest episode, while the pilot tarnishes."
Then in 2009, after a rumor from the National Enquirer spread that Drew Barrymore was returning to work on a sequel, Spielberg slammed the idea again.
"I'm never going to make E.T. II -- E.T. is a closed story," Spielberg said. "It had a beginning, middle, and a definite ending, and we had nowhere to take it except to go home with him. Nor did I want to bring him back to Earth for a second time."
Sounds like Steven wants to keep the E.T. legend pure. Too bad he couldn't do the same with Indiana Jones.