Steven Spielberg’s beloved family movie E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial became the highest grossing film of all time upon its release in 1982 — at least until the director’s Jurassic Park came along in 1993. The film was also nominated for nine Academy Awards. Naturally, the successful tale of a young boy who befriends an extraterrestrial and protects it from government agents warranted sequel consideration — and Spielberg and screenwriter Melissa Mathison almost made a follow-up to the emotional story. That movie was called E.T. II: Nocturnal Fears.
The title alone takes things in a much darker direction — and the proposed plot followed suit. Part two would have seen Elliott and his friends kidnapped by evil aliens. E.T. doesn’t seem to feature largely in the movie (he kind of swoops in at the very end to save the day and quickly takes off), but audiences would have followed the young boys’ attempt to contact the friendly alien for help. Child abduction, “carnivorous” aliens, torture and other frightening twists don’t exactly scream Spielberg, and the director decided to ditch the sequel feeling it would “do nothing but rob the original of its virginity.”
Read a treatment for the bizarre film right here, and thanks to Tumblr extraordinaire Cinephilia and Beyond.
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