Steven Spielberg and Drew Barrymore are working together to film a sequel to E.T. They’ve been pretty hush-hush about it, but the plot would obviously involve a +30 years E.T. visiting a +30 years Gertie.
In case you don’t recall the details of one of my favorite movies ever, Drew Barrymore played the role of Gertie, Elliot’s younger sister. It was one of her first recognizable roles and lead to the the fame that Drew has today. We all just fell in love with her blond pigtails and the way she dressed E.T. up in fashion costumes. I’m sure that E.T. was paid extra to wear that wig.
Anyhow, I suppose they could make this really wonderful. If nothing else, it would revive the original E.T. so that this generation of youngsters could enjoy it as I did. However, if Spielberg plays his cards right, this movie could be truly brilliant. Why can’t we get the kid who played Elliot involved as well, Henry Thomas? He’s still acting and should be easy to sign as he mostly does random guest appearances on TV shows. In fact his last notable role was that of Tristan’s brother in the depressing and over-marketing “Legends of the Fall” in 1994. He even still looks like Elliot…he’s aged well! I’m not sure if we can say the same for E.T….I wonder what 30 years does to an already-wrinkly brown alien?
Can you imagine how much fun this would be for the cast to come back together after almost 30 years? However, this could be Indy 4 all over again….entertaining but no real value. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. But hey, look on the bright side – at least it’s a sequel and not a remake. A remake to a classic like E.T. would just be adding insult to injury.
My note to Mr. Spielberg: PLEASE don’t make this cheesy. Ever since Indy 4 I’ve had to defend your genius. Also, PLEASE make sure we get John Williams. You and I both know that this movie won’t work without him.