By Mack Chico
In what was supposed to be called “E.T: Nocturnal Fears,” Steven Spielberg was given a sequel treatment that he had to pass on because it was too dark compared to the original. “ET: The Extra-Terrestrial” grossed almost $800 million worldwide and is considered one of the greatest works of Spielberg’s career.
Speaking to the American Film Institute, Steven Spielberg explained why “ET 2” never happened. “Sequels can be very dangerous because they compromise your truth as an artist,” he said. “I think a sequel to ‘ET’ would do nothing but rob the original of its virginity. People only remember the latest episode, while the pilot tarnishes.“
According to sources, the ‘E.T’ sequel had a second spaceship land at the end, but the aliens onboard are evil. They’re searching for a stranded extraterrestrial named Zrek (aka ET), who is sending a call for “Help.” The evil creatures are carnivorous and are an albino fraction (mutation) of the same civilization ET belongs to. The two separate groups have been at war for decades. Later in the script, Elliot and his friends are kidnapped and violently interrogated by Korel (the alien commander), demanding to know the whereabouts of Zrek. Thankfully, ET is aware of the attack and arrives to save the day.
But it’s not out of the realm of possibility that Spielberg won’t consider directing an ‘E.T’ sequel: “I can’t imagine ever making another one, unless I wake up one morning with a master thought.”