As we look back on the summer of ’82 and the plethora of great genre and geek movies released that year, many of us may wonder what a sequel to some of those would look like.
In the case of director Steven Spielberg’s Oscar nominated epic E.T., we have an idea from some recently uncovered documents that were written before E.T. was released.
Hollywood.com has some of the details and it sounds like the sequel would have been a bit onf the dark side. Titled E.T. II: Nocturnal Fears, the sequel would find Elliot lonely and missing his extra terrestrial buddy. That is until a spaceship shows up with another group of aliens on board.
“The aliens onboard are EVIL,” the treatment details. “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 says that he eventually decided not to pursue the sequel because he didn’t think it would a worthy successor to the original.
“Sequels can be very dangerous because they compromise your truth as an artist,” he says. “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.”
In the coming days and weeks, Slice of SciFi will be celebrating and looking back on some of hte films of the Summer of ’82, including E.T. Keep tuning in to the shows, news feed and social media outlets for details!