It’s been 27 years since E.T. came out – quite a long time to finally be thinking about a sequel. But that’s exactly what Steven Spielberg and Drew Barrymore have in mind. According to the National Enquirer, the two have been secretly working on a follow-up to the smash hit
Wizard of Awes STEVEN SPIELBERG just launched secret talks with E.T.’s favorite Earth girl, DREW BARRYMORE, after concocting a plot to reunite her and the planet’s favorite alien in a long-awaited sequel to the classic 1982 mega-smash! …Yes, we have LIFT-OFF! … Spielberg’s storyline has E.T. returning to Earth because he longs to see Gertie – the little girl who’s now grown up to be his adult human friend.
“Steven and Drew are being very secretive about this baby,” said an insider. “But they want to do this project and work together again. Steven has an incredibly brilliant story in mind for the sequel that will bring E.T. back to Earth!”
[From the National Enquirer, May 25th, 2009, print ed.]
Sequels always have a high probability of failing. They rarely match the original, let alone surpass it. But in this case they’ve got a shot. Steven Spielberg and Drew Barrymore are Hollywood powerhouses, and they both put out consistently likeable and marketable films. Drew is a master of the lighter comedy, and Spielberg knows how to bring substance in just the right measure.
A lot of sequels make the mistake of trying to simply retell the first successful film, in a blatant attempt to rake in cash. They don’t try to move the story forward, and are often just slap-dash remakes more than anything. However the E.T. sequel would be an entirely different story. If done well (and how could it not be with Spielberg and Barrymore?) it could be one of the rare follow-ups that’s as good as the original.