Today we know E.T. as Steven Spielberg's lovable alien with a penchant for ladies' clothes, but his story could've been far different. According to Uproxx, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial started as a horror movie.
The original plan was to make a spooky sequel to Close Encounters of the Third Kind about a group of freaky UFO passengers harassing an innocent family. With the working title Night Skies, the film was set to be directed by Texas Chainsaw Massacre mastermind Tobe Hooper ... and his E.T. predecessors were going to look a little something like this:
Unhappy days,film shut down. I wanted to change the body of the ET,the mantis like arm placement just didn't work imo pic.twitter.com/mNMEAP9yem— Rick Baker (@TheRickBaker) May 26, 2014
No, he sure doesn't look like the bike-ride-in-a-basket type! When Night Skies was still in the works, special-effects wizard Rick Baker was tapped to create prototype aliens for the project. Decades later, Baker has decided to reveal some of these original mock-ups for the first time on his Twitter account.
As requested The Night Skies alien. Not finished, no eyes. Cover the top of his head and tell me who he looks like. pic.twitter.com/r3PxK1T98A— Rick Baker (@TheRickBaker) May 22, 2014
Fortunately or unfortunately – depending on taste – Night Skies morphed from menacing creature feature to the 1982 family-friendly classic we know today. These aliens never made it to Earth, but now film fanatics have a peek into what could've been.
I was so excited to be working on this project,to be able to design different alien characters of the same race. pic.twitter.com/3uxwikTHRB— Rick Baker (@TheRickBaker) May 27, 2014