E.T. Could Have Ended Totally Differently

Posted 2017/08/17 0 0

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial was originally supposed to end much differently.


Robert MacNaughton played Elliot's older brother, Michael, and has been revealing some remarkable moments about the film shoot. He told Yahoo! Movies that the original ending was far more low-key. Here's what he had to say:

“The last scene in the movie wasn't supposed to be the scene that ends up in the movie. The last scene was going to be all of us playing Dungeons and Dragons again, except this time, Elliott's the dungeon master. Because he was the one that found ET, he sort of got in with the group. And so that was supposed to be the final scene, it was in the script and everything, and then they would pan up to the roof and you'd see the communicator and it's still working --- in other words, Elliott is still in touch with E.T.. But after they did the score, the music, and they saw what they had with the spaceship taking off and everything [laughs] --- how can you follow that? I mean, it was a wise choice.”

Grown men and women still well up with tears at the memory of the blockbuster's emotional ending. The dark forest, the spaceship, Drew Barrymore in floods of tears, the long finger and the immortal line: "I'll be right here." It's a classic moment of Spielberg movie magic that perfectly tops off one of the greatest films of all time. Grab a tissue and revisit the extremely powerful and emotional ending right now:

If they had gone with the original ending, perhaps that would have enticed Spielberg and screenwriter Melissa Mathison to pursue their plans to make a sequel, with Elliot and his friends eventually attempting to contact E.T. after being kidnapped by aliens. Their initial ending certainly would have left the door open for such a sequel to happen. However, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial would no longer be the one-off classic that it is today.