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Re: Who Knew?

From: Roger Evans <moviestuff@cyberjunkie.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Jan 1999 20:03:03 +0000
Fwd Date: Mon, 25 Jan 1999 11:09:54 -0500
Subject: Re: Who Knew?

>From: Greg St. Pierre <StrmNut@aol.com>
>Date: Sun, 24 Jan 1999 09:00:09 EST
>Fwd Date: Sun, 24 Jan 1999 09:50:49 -0500
>Subject: Who Knew?

Previously, Greg offered:

>I thought I'd share a little known fact with you movie buffs out
>there. Before Steven Spielberg began work on E.T., he and a
>small team of artists were working on a project called "Night
>Skies", a movie about decidedly unfriendly aliens visiting
>earth. Effects people had even produced working alien creatures,
>with realistic aspects such as subdermal muscle movements, skin
>texture and facial features.

>Unfortunately, for reasons unknown, the project was suddenly
>abandoned for the cuter E.T., and the rest is history.

>The only place I've ever seen reference to this information was
>in a movie industry magazine called Cineffex. Perhaps some
>person with connections in the movie business (I  won't mention
>you, Roger) could do a little digging and come up with some more

Hi Greg!

All I remember is that Spielberg and Rick Baker, the effects
guy, had a falling out over money and R&D costs. Spielberg
reportedly had the effects studio hot-locked and hired Rambaldi,
the same guy that did the really terrible alien in Close
Encounters, to do the work on ET. (If you look at the pictures
of Rambaldi, he looks just like ET! No kidding.)

There have been some that have suggested that ET is the
retelling of the story of Christ; certainly, the storylines are
very similar. It's possible that Spielberg saw the obvious
potential for drama there.

On the other hand...

A woman reportedly came forward and claimed that ET was a direct
steal of a screenplay she had written about a magical frog who
befriends a little girl. The frog was trying to get back to his
home, a mystical lake or something.

As the story goes, she had submitted the script to Columbia
Pictures, I think, and had a letter of acknowledgment to that
effect. This proof of access and the testimony of none other
than Ray Bradbury about the two stories' similarities I believe
forced a settlement. (and probably got her more money than she
would have ever sold the script for)

To my knowledge, the lady lived happily ever after.

As did Stephen. (He calls me Rog.)  ;)

The End.

Roger Evans

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