Would Not Have Befriended: Early E.T. Alien Concept Art

June 2, 2014


These are a couple shots of early E.T. concept art by special effects artist Rick Baker. As you can see, they clearly made the right decision making E.T. look like he does and not one of these burn-with-fire monsters. "E.T. phone home?" Sorry pal, but not before I phone a friend with a flamethrower.

The designs were actually done for a Steven Spielberg movie that was never made, Night Skies, which was going to center around a family terrorized by aliens in a rural farmhouse.

Although Baker refused to work on the designs for E.T. after Spielberg pulled the plug on Night Skies, his designs went on to inspire the alien that we all rooted for in 1982.

Were we really all rooting for E.T.? Because I was kind of rooting for humanity being able to harness ADVANCED ALIEN TECHNOLOGY. But noooooooo, they had to let the little monster escape. Now where are our hoverboards? "Well when you put it that way." Right? Those scientists in the white lab coats weren't the bad guys.

Keep going for a couple more shots, the second of which is actually kind of cute.




Thanks to Paul, who informed me of the dangers of riding a bike with an alien in the basket because those f***ers can throw their weight around and make you crash.

  • Anaximandrecles

    These aren't concepts for ET but the film that became three; E.T. Poltergeist and Gremlins, which was Night Skies, a proposed sequel to Close Encounters based on the 'Hopkinsville Goblin' incident (and pitched as 'Straw Dogs with Aliens'). The E.T. character was originally called 'Buddy' and was to befriend the autistic child of the terrorised family.

  • Cortney A.

    E.T. was boring to me so for fun I would imagine what would happen if E.T.'s race was actually hostile and he was just on Earth for recon.

  • Joey Svitek

    They actually had a sequel planned with that exact plot, but it fell through.

  • Looks like a "Dave"

    The 1st sort of looks like the picture of my great, great, great, aunt Rosa.
    The 2nd is both creepy and cutesy. It's 'creepsy'.

  • Adam

    Did Michael Bay use the first image as inspiration for the new TMNT?

  • TheOtakuX

    Shit, is that ET or Pumpkinhead?

  • MustacheHam

    For the last photo: Now I know what would happen if you spliced a lizard with a prey mantis...then hit it with an ugly stick.

  • Dallas1701D

    Not gonna lie....... E.T. is kinda creepy, too....... just sayin'

  • Deksam

    Ok I don't get this about ET... So.. he has the power to make the boy on a bike and himself fly, Soooo why did he not fly up to the UFO after it took off and left him behind??

  • The Magnificent Newtboy

    Constantly using his powers of healing to keep himself alive as he runs out of oxygen, he rises through the outer atmosphere of the planet, only to freeze to death moments later in the cold darkness of outer space.

  • Deksam

    Interesting... But I would hope his UFO buddies would stop and wait 1000 feet up, after shown that there was no immediate danger by their radar. All part of the standard safeguard procedures any advanced civilization would have.

  • ProphetFlume

    Turns out E.T. is a sith who sucked the power of one too many lightsabers.

    Lightsabers: not even once.

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  • Mike Harper

    I can't believe that they ended up making something creepier than the concept drawings.

  • agatha

    It looks like a chimpanzee.

  • MustacheHam

    covered in nightmare fuel.

  • DeathBotGamma

    The face on the last pic looks like it's trying to take a dump.

  • The_Wretched

    Some folks need to learn what fiber is and how to eat it.

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