14 Announced Movies That Thankfully Got Cancelled

1. E.T. II: Nocturnal Fears

E.T. Extra Terrestrial Bike Scene
Universal Pictures

The Movie: Shortly after Steven Spielberg's classic E.T. hit cinemas, he and screenwriter Melissa Mathison wrote a treatment for the sequel, E.T. II: Nocturnal Fears.

The follow-up was to feature Elliott and his friends being kidnapped by evil extra-terrestrials, and their attempts to reach out to the original E.T. for help. After being tortured for most of the second act, the kids are eventually saved by their wrinkly-necked pal, of course.

Why It Got Cancelled: Spielberg put it best himself when he decided not to pursue the movie, claiming the planned sequel "would do nothing but rob the original of its virginity".

Though there were certainly ways for a second E.T. movie to work, the original is so beloved by so many people that it'd need a much tighter script than...this.

If there's anything an E.T. sequel doesn't need, it's evil aliens torturing children and the much-loved title character only showing up in the third act. Jeez.

Which movies are you most happy to see scrapped? Shout them out in the comments!

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