E.T. is one of the biggest sci-fi films in Hollywood. The Steven Spielberg flick remains a classic both among young audiences and the nostalgic adults. It’s been nearly 40 years ever since the film came out, and fans have always asked for a sequel.

Actor Henry Thomas played the character of Elliot, who was only 9 years old in the film. The story of a strong bond between the extra terrestrial being, and the 9-year-old Elliot, made for a very successful film. E.T. was the highest grossing film in 1982, even surpassing the likes of original Star Wars.

Thomas was part of a 2019 commercial for Comcast Xfinity, which is the closest thing to an E.T. sequel. In the commercial, Elliot has his own family, but he still yearns for the company of his alien friend. The commercial made a lot of people think that it’s a teaser for an E.T. sequel.

The E.T. star recently gave an interview with ComicBook.com. He got a question about how he feels about older Hollywood classics getting highly successful sequels. He said that while he might want it, Steven Spielberg will never go for it.

There had been ideas kicked around over the years. There were some serious talks early on because the studio was really pushing for it, to follow up the success of the 1982 season…That’s why the commercial, I think Spielberg okayed the commercial because that’s as close to a sequel as he’s willing to go, as he’s willing to allow. The response for that Xfinity spot was so overwhelming and people thought it was a teaser for a sequel which created a huge, huge stir on the internet. I don’t know if it made it past the internet.

E.T.’s ending left the fans still wanting for a sequel. However, the original ending of the film showed a working communicator. It implied that both Elliot and E.T. are still in contact. The scene was removed from the film, as the goodbye between the two was much more impactful. The author of E.T.s novels, William Kotzwinkle, penned a sequel for E.T., called E.T.: The Book of the Green Planet.

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Nitish Vashishtha

Nitish Vashishtha is a freelance writer/news correspondent from India. He’s written content for companies like ScoopWhoop and Sportskeeda. He’s been writing about pop-culture, current affairs and pro-wrestling since 2017. While pursuing Master's in Mass Communication with a special interest in Advertising, his key areas of creativity lie in designing, content creation and creative storytelling as well as fictional writing. In his free time, he likes to create new riffs on his guitar, learning about whatever piques his interest, reading books ranging from philosophy to speculative sci-fi and enjoys watching anything HBO (Succession FTW).

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