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(MSNBC)   News: Sequel for ET written. FARK: In 1982. UltraFARK: Steven Spielberg chose not to make a sequel because "ET was a closed story"   (entertainment.msnbc.msn.com) divider line 46
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2012-06-16 07:31:52 AM
Gotta give the man credit... an ET Sequel would have made billions.
 
2012-06-16 07:52:01 AM
I'm not really an ET fan but that sequel idea sounds terrible. I think it would have made money but would have gotten panned.

There is sort of a sequel, the ride at Universal. Spielberg even introduces it.
 
2012-06-16 09:14:30 AM
Spielberg: "People only remember the latest episode, while the pilot tarnishes."

ecx.images-amazon.com
 
2012-06-16 09:19:50 AM
"E.T.: The Book of the Green Planet" was a decent book, but it would have made an awful movie.

(reads TFA)

OMFG.

Let us all fall in worshipful prostration at the feet of Spielberg for preventing that abomination from ever seeing the light of day.
 
2012-06-16 09:24:54 AM
FTFA: In 2009, the filmmaker squashed rumors that a sequel was in development after the National Enquirer fueled the fire with speculation that he and star Drew Barrymore were working on a revival.
"I'm never going to make 'E.T. II' -- 'E.T.' is a closed story," Spielberg said,

Article Headline: Is an 'E.T.' sequel in the stars?

Question headlines are almost always stupid, but they aren't all "question based on a three year old National Enquirer rumor that was immediately squashed in succinct and unambiguous language" stupid.
 
2012-06-16 09:31:42 AM
Does it count as a repeat if a Cracked list covered this? Or is this just the information cycle running in reverse?
 
2012-06-16 09:40:28 AM

Mugato: I'm not really an ET fan but that sequel idea sounds terrible. I think it would have made money but would have gotten panned.

There is sort of a sequel, the ride at Universal. Spielberg even introduces it.


I wasn't really a fan either but I recently re-watched it and was surprised how well the movie holds up. And its somewhat refreshing to watch a movie in which the government isn't portrayed as evil and completely incompetent.
 
2012-06-16 09:41:23 AM
I remember rumors of this going around the 4th grade at the time. It sounded like a good idea at the time but what did we know, we were ten.
 
2012-06-16 09:42:32 AM
Apparently, Howard the Duck was written to allow for a sequel. I can only assume Lucas thought the story stood well on its own.
 
2012-06-16 09:44:53 AM
So the minute Spielberg's corpse is cold, I imagine the studio will have this sucker in production. Even today the sequel would likely make money.

/or they'll remake E.T.
 
2012-06-16 09:57:59 AM
I thought it was generally accepted that some of the horror aspects of the sequel made it into Poltergeist.
 
2012-06-16 10:07:43 AM
More news: ET is that damn old? Sheesh.



/if anyone needs me I'll be in my bunk, trimming ear hair
 
2012-06-16 10:22:16 AM

ha-ha-guy: /or they'll remake E.T.


E.T. would be beautiful in CGI.
 
2012-06-16 10:23:46 AM

loser0: "E.T.: The Book of the Green Planet" was a decent book, but it would have made an awful movie.

(reads TFA)

OMFG.

Let us all fall in worshipful prostration at the feet of Spielberg for preventing that abomination from ever seeing the light of day.


I loved that book as a kid. I have held on to it so I can share it with any snowflakes that the wife and I squeeze out (after showing him/her the movie).
 
2012-06-16 10:24:18 AM
An ET sequel could have been awesome. I envision ET's people enslaving humanity, and putting us all to work in Reese's Pieces factories.
 
2012-06-16 10:33:54 AM
I thought Independce Day was the ET sequel
 
2012-06-16 10:39:14 AM
Already been done.

www.collectorsconnection.com
 
2012-06-16 10:44:29 AM

RaiderFanMikeP: I thought Independce Day was the ET sequel


i6.photobucket.com
 
2012-06-16 11:00:06 AM
Headline: Is an 'E.T.' sequel in the stars?

Article: unequivocally no.
 
2012-06-16 11:06:11 AM

Boxcutta: Headline: Is an 'E.T.' sequel in the stars?

Article: unequivocally no.



In other news, "Am I banging Scarlet Johanson"? Find out.

/the answer to most question headlines is "no, you've wasted your time. Asshole".
 
2012-06-16 11:17:40 AM
We've already had a thread on this. Was a Cracked article.
 
2012-06-16 11:20:00 AM
I'd do a sequel where the kid grows up locked in a government research facility and develops a split personality divided between skeptic and believer, then gets released after budget cut backs.

Assigned a new identity he's released to the unsuspecting world and becomes a darling of History channel and other UFO seekers, then he remembers the plans for the Spell and Speak messenger and summons one of the christmas ornament ships, which promptly shows up and lands on him.

/Or we could do the whole "ET was a delusion in the first place" version
 
2012-06-16 11:32:19 AM

wildcardjack: I'd do a sequel where the kid grows up locked in a government research facility and develops a split personality divided between skeptic and believer, then gets released after budget cut backs.

Assigned a new identity he's released to the unsuspecting world and becomes a darling of History channel and other UFO seekers, then he remembers the plans for the Spell and Speak messenger and summons one of the christmas ornament ships, which promptly shows up and lands on him.



In other words,a Giorgio Tsoukalos biopic.

/"And the answer is.....Yeeeees!"
 
2012-06-16 11:53:38 AM
Too bad we won't get an accompanying video game sequel also.
 
2012-06-16 11:56:30 AM

bmfderek: Too bad we won't get an accompanying video game sequel also.


Can you imagine the wells in 3D with a full orchestral accompaniment?
 
2012-06-16 12:07:00 PM

wildcardjack: I'd do a sequel where the kid grows up locked in a government research facility and develops a split personality divided between skeptic and believer, then gets released after budget cut backs.

Assigned a new identity he's released to the unsuspecting world and becomes a darling of History channel and other UFO seekers, then he remembers the plans for the Spell and Speak messenger and summons one of the christmas ornament ships, which promptly shows up and lands on him.

/Or we could do the whole "ET was a delusion in the first place" version


I lol'd. Christmas ornament ships? We need you to do this movie.
 
2012-06-16 12:21:16 PM

FirstNationalBastard: bmfderek: Too bad we won't get an accompanying video game sequel also.

Can you imagine the wells in 3D with a full orchestral accompaniment?


Basically the God of War series/?
 
2012-06-16 12:22:14 PM

Fano: FirstNationalBastard: bmfderek: Too bad we won't get an accompanying video game sequel also.

Can you imagine the wells in 3D with a full orchestral accompaniment?

Basically the God of War series/?


were they also trying to collect pieces of a telephone?
 
2012-06-16 12:36:53 PM
I know a guy has worked in science fiction films for decades. Apparently, Spielberg pitched a sequel to "Alien," in which it turns out it was all a misunderstanding, and the xenomorphs befriend humanity.
 
2012-06-16 12:55:36 PM
FTA: Meanwhile, a spaceship has landed nearby, steered by a group of evil, carnivorous aliens in search of a stranded comrade. Turns out they're a mutation of E.T.'s brand of aliens, and are at war with his kind...

Perhaps they used that basic premise for Gremlins (produced by Spielberg), with the evil Gremlins as the mutation of the good Gizmo.
 
2012-06-16 01:10:43 PM

FirstNationalBastard: Fano: FirstNationalBastard: bmfderek: Too bad we won't get an accompanying video game sequel also.

Can you imagine the wells in 3D with a full orchestral accompaniment?

Basically the God of War series/?

were they also trying to collect pieces of a telephone?


Well, however many pieces of MacGuffinite that were required to extricate you from Hades every time you fought and climbed your way out.
 
2012-06-16 01:21:42 PM

loser0: "E.T.: The Book of the Green Planet" was a decent book


It couldn't have been that good - I remember E.T., but I read Green Planet and can't remember a single passage.
 
2012-06-16 01:59:56 PM

casual disregard: ha-ha-guy: /or they'll remake E.T.

E.T. would be beautiful in CGI.


What CGI ETs might look like:

jaymckinnon.com
 
2012-06-16 03:18:53 PM

Straelbora: Apparently, Spielberg pitched a sequel to "Alien," in which it turns out it was all a misunderstanding, and the xenomorphs befriend humanity.


Probably going to need shoulder pads for those tears, though.. You know, after the painful reunion scene
 
2012-06-16 04:16:05 PM
I'm glad Spielberg had the integrity to stick to his guns on this one, I'm sure the pressure to make it was intense, and it would have been a huge mistake that would have tarnished a perfect movie. It's too bad he couldn't muster the same integrity for Raiders Of The Lost Ark, another perfect movie that stood on its own and has definitely been tarnished by virtually all of the followups.
 
2012-06-16 04:24:34 PM

karmachameleon: I'm glad Spielberg had the integrity to stick to his guns on this one, I'm sure the pressure to make it was intense, and it would have been a huge mistake that would have tarnished a perfect movie. It's too bad he couldn't muster the same integrity for Raiders Of The Lost Ark, another perfect movie that stood on its own and has definitely been tarnished by virtually all of the followups.


I guess everyone looks at it differently but bad sequels don't "tarnish" the originals for me. Jaws probably has the biggest gulf in quality between a sequel and the original but I still enjoy the original just fine. Still, terrible idea for ET.
 
2012-06-16 05:08:37 PM
My take would be Gertie's kids finding E.T. and the kids trying to hide the alien from their mom.

Unfortunately, Gertie finds E.T., and they both yell. Kids think they're busted, but the mom is yelling out of joy and recognition. Next thing is Gertie calling her brother....
 
2012-06-16 05:27:23 PM
Glad he put the shotguns back in, but CGI ET is farking dreadful. Looks more like MAC.
 
2012-06-16 07:55:04 PM

T-Servo: Apparently, Howard the Duck was written to allow for a sequel. I can only assume Lucas thought the story stood well on its own.


Lucas expected Howard to be another franchise, with multiple installments. The reason only the first film got made is that it lost so much money the studio actually pondered suing Lucas over it.
 
2012-06-16 09:17:39 PM
Ready for a sequel to this one:

www.darwincentral.org

/walk, walk, walk, levitate out of pit
//agent guy jumps out of bush
///game over
 
2012-06-16 11:00:57 PM

Mugato: karmachameleon: I'm glad Spielberg had the integrity to stick to his guns on this one, I'm sure the pressure to make it was intense, and it would have been a huge mistake that would have tarnished a perfect movie. It's too bad he couldn't muster the same integrity for Raiders Of The Lost Ark, another perfect movie that stood on its own and has definitely been tarnished by virtually all of the followups.

I guess everyone looks at it differently but bad sequels don't "tarnish" the originals for me. Jaws probably has the biggest gulf in quality between a sequel and the original but I still enjoy the original just fine. Still, terrible idea for ET.


No, you're right and I should re-word that. The original is the original, it doesn't change. Jaws is a great example. What sequels can do is tarnish the "brand", or the legacy. Think back to what Star Wars was to the world in, say, 1981. Two great movies that have become part of the cultural lexicon, everyone looking forward to the third film. Now think of Star Wars in 2012. Most of us never want to see another. I still love the first two films and always will, but it's hard to see the franchise in the same light as I used to because of how the legacy was trampled on.

I'm glad E.T. never had a sequel. Spielberg put it perfectly: it's a closed story. It said everything it wanted to say, and there's no need to say anything else about it. Move onto the next story. Admittedly sequels tend to be a lot better than they used to be (remember back in the 1970s when sequels were nearly always inferior?), but there are still plenty of self-contained stories that don't need sequels, that get them anyway, I guess for profit reasons. It's too bad.
 
2012-06-17 01:51:28 AM
Holy Christ! Not this f*cking story again. Be sure to trot it out every year or so.
 
2012-06-17 02:19:23 AM
(involuntary, violent spasm)

Ed 'Too Tall' Jones: Ready for a sequel to this one:

[www.darwincentral.org image 640x380]

/walk, walk, walk, levitate out of pit
//agent guy jumps out of bush
///game over

 
2012-06-17 01:23:18 PM

Ed 'Too Tall' Jones: Ready for a sequel to this one:

[www.darwincentral.org image 640x380]

/walk, walk, walk, levitate out of pit
//agent guy jumps out of bush
///game over


How about a movie?
 
2012-06-18 09:44:21 AM
What is this, the eighth time in two years an article where he's said that has been linked on Fark? Enough already.
 
2012-06-18 12:45:16 PM
I can only imagine the scarring that would have happened if ET had been brought back. Some kids had nightmares of that thing, you know.
 
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