Drew Barrymore says that there will never be a sequel to E.T. Though it seems pretty obvious, a sequel to the Steven Spielberg movie has been talked about since the 1980s, which makes sense, since it was the highest grossing movie of all time for 11 years until Spielberg's Jurassic Park hit theaters. E.T. is still the highest grossing movie of the 1980s and it launched Drew Barrymore's career. However, a sequel is just not in the cards for the iconic movie and it apparently was never an option.
In a recent interview promoting Santa Carita Diet, Drew Barrymore was asked about the possibility of a sequel to E.T. The Extra Terrestrial. Strangely enough, she was asked by ET (Entertainment Tonight). Drew Barrymore immediately shut down the idea of a sequel, noting that it's always been Steven Spielberg's philosophy. She explains.
"Nope, we're never going to make a sequel, it's just as it is. That was his (Steven Spielberg's) philosophy, so who was I to question it?"
Going a bit further in-depth, Drew Barrymore talked more about Steven Spielberg and leaving the 1982 movie as it is. And even the most diehard E.T. fans know that a sequel is/was never going to happen, no matter how good of a story they were able to concoct. Spielberg has maintained over the years that it should just remain as it is. Barrymore had this to say.
"I will say that in the early '80s there was not a lot of talk of sequels. But he never wanted to make them, because he felt like what he did is just what it should be."
However, before the release of the original E.T., the studio knew they had a hit on their hands and Steven Spielberg co-wrote a 9-page treatment for a possible sequel. The sequel was going to begin with Elliot out of school for the summer, missing his alien best friend. Evil aliens were going to come from space, an albino version of the same species as E.T. and they were to kidnap Elliot and his friends. E.T. was going to have to come back to save his Earth family from the evil alien population that had been at war with the good aliens. The idea sounds pretty lame, which Spielberg noticed right away.
The idea for the proposed E.T. sequel was so bad that it had to have scarred Steven Spielberg or anybody else that ever read the treatment for life. Spielberg is a very wise for never revisiting the E.T. franchise and subjecting fans to something that would have fully tarnished the original movie forever. So, Drew Barrymore is correct, there will never be a sequel, which is the best outcome for all parties involved, especially if the original treatment was going to be used as a guide for the new sequel. You can read more about what Drew Barrymore had to say about E.T. and a possible sequel at Entertainment Tonight.