The year 2012 not only marks Universal Pictures’ 100th Anniversary celebration, but also the 30th anniversary of the beloved Steven Spielberg film. The lavish pictorial moviebook on the movie, originally published on its 20th anniversary in 2002, is now refreshed in this new 30th Anniversary edition, and remains the ONLY, authorized book on the making of the classic film that had nine Oscar® nominations, including Best Picture, and broke box-office records grossing nearly $800 million worldwide, creating one of the most recognized icons of the 20th century.
This exclusive, fascinating book is rich with details such as how the story of a young boy who befriends a stranded alien was conceived and written, how the alien was imagined and designed, how visual effects were created, such as Elliot’s bicycling over the moon and E.T. phoning home, and much more. Here is the screenplay for the first time in print, annotated with notes from exclusive interviews with Spielberg, producer Kathleen Kennedy, and screenwriter Mathison, with remarks on how and why some scenes were added, and why some ideas never made it on screen. Also included are anecdotes, in their own words, with then-child stars Henry Thomas and Drew Barrymore, and other members of the cast and crew. And, little known facts are disclosed in sidebar features, such as:
. E.T. had only 49 speaking lines.
. E.T. says every word twice.
. An early idea cut from the script had E.T. healing the J.R. character on Dallas
. All adults were shot from the waist down, except for Mom
As Steven Spielberg writes in his introduction: “This book is our E.T. family album filled with details from our personal memory banks and production archives. We want to invite you behind the scenes--behind the magic, surprises, and emotional experiences that meant so much in our own lives.”
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