E.T. is one of the friendliest aliens to ever exist in movies (that even includes Mac from Mac & Me), but did you know E.T. had originally a more sinister purpose? With the help of makeup fx icon Rick Baker who is mostly notably known for creating the scarier creatures from your childhood (American Werewolf in London, Thriller), Spielberg had hoped of creating a different alien film called Night Skies that was simply never made. The interesting part is Night Skies was supposed to be a sequel to Close Encounters of the Third Kind, but Spielberg opted to make E.T. instead, lending Baker’s design toward the iconic 80’s alien who loved Reeses Pieces.
Check out Baker’s photos, and designs, below.
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At the time of the Night Skies development, Poltergeist which Spielberg is credited for writing the story and co-writing the screenplay used some of the material from Night Skies for the Poltergeist script, not to mention using some material for E.T. as well. It’s incredible to see the amount of work that goes into a movie before the movie even shoots one frame of film. I know filmmakers talk ad nauseum about the films they’ve made in the past, but I’d love to hear more about the films that just didn’t make it out alive.
There’s not a whole lot out there regarding the Night Skies movie, but this wikipedia page has some good tidbits for anyone interested.
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