Spielberg's E.T. sequel woulda had kid torture, carnivorous aliens

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Jul 2, 2015, 2:40 PM EDT

Considering the fact that E.T. was one of the biggest films of the 1980s, it's shocking that a sequel never surfaced to Steven Spielberg's sweet alien tale of friendship. Turns out a sequel idea was actually worked up—it was just so dark and twisted that everyone involved decided not to make it.

E.T. II: Nocturnal Fears would have taken place shortly after the first film's conclusion, with Elliot lonely and missing E.T., focusing in on how the close encounter affected the family. Sounds a fair bit like the original, right? Sure, that is until a ship full of cattle-mutilating evil aliens show up and kidnap Elliot and his friends, and terrify them on their spaceship. Huh?

Here's the gist of the idea, as presented in the brief film treatment worked up shortly after E.T. became a monster hit.

"The aliens onboard are EVIL. They have landed on Earth in response to distress signals designating its present coordinates. These aliens are searching for a stranded extraterrestrial named Zrek, who is sending a call for 'Help.' The evil creatures are carnivorous. Their leader, Korel, commands his crew to disperse into the forest to acquire food. As the squat aliens leave the gangplank, each one emits a hypnotic hum which has a paralyzing effect on the surrounding wildlife. These creatures are an albino fraction (mutation) of the same civilization E.T. belongs to. The two separate groups have been at war for decades!"
Spielberg was recently asked why the E.T. follow-up never saw the light of day, and he very bluntly explained that any continuation of the story—especially one this brutally dark—would ruin the heartfelt original:
"Sequels can be very dangerous because they compromise your truth as an artist. 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."
What do you think? Do you wish this dark, weird E.T. sequel had made it to the big screen?


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