9. So what happened?
The easiest answer to why Nocturnal Fears never saw the light of day is that Steven Spielberg came to his senses.
According to the director, moving ahead with the sequel "would do nothing but rob the original of its virginity." Which is a charming way of saying that sometimes you can have too much of a good thing.
There is one semi-official sequel to the movie, tie-in novel ET: The Book Of The Green Planet, penned by William Kotzwinkle, who wrote the movie's novelisation.
In the story, we follow ET's return to his home planet, called Brodo Asogi and the trouble he gets into there.
He ends up demoted and breaks every rule when he tries to return to Earth.
The book formed the basis for ET Adventure, which first began at the Universal Studios theme park in Florida. Several other versions have since arrived and closed at parks such as Universal Hollywood and Universal Japan.
But while Nocturnal Fears was quickly shelved, the whispers of sequels refused to die as easily.
Even in May this year, that highly regarded bastion of US journalistic excellence, The National Enquirer, reported that Spielberg and Drew Barrymore had been having meetings about a new ET story.
"Steven and Drew are being very secretive about this baby," said one 'source'.
"But they want to do this project and work together. Steven has an incredible story in mind for the sequel that will bring E.T. back to Earth."
Bear in mind that Spielberg has consistently gone on the record stating that he won't make another ET.
Despite that, we're worried that the rights will be handed over to some young wannabe as part of a "reboot" decades in the future.
Let's hope it never happens...
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