Thursday, December 3, 2009

10. Video of the rally at Universal Studios!

Click here to watch the video.

Feel free to leave a comment on YouTube whether it is about the video or the project in general.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

9. Questions for Steven Spielberg.

What has Elliott been doing for the past 27 years? Did he forget about ET or is he looking for him? Did Elliott become a botanist like ET or a software engineer? Is he working at JPL on the Mars rover program? Or maybe he became an astronaut? What drives Elliott? What is the elixir? Is it the fame and fortune of the most important discovery in the history of the Earth or is the desire to be reunited with a friend from another galaxy? Or maybe he decided the ET Incident was too personal and didn't want to share it with the world? Maybe he thinks ET leaving was the end and the story is over so everybody needs to move on? Maybe Elliott doesn't want ET to return because the world would ruin him? What happens in the future when planet Earth needs him? What then? Does Elliott go get him?

Where is Keys? What is he up to? What about Gertie? What about Michael? Mary? When ET left what did they do? How did the ET Incident change their lives?

What did the government do? Did the top secret organization dedicated to extra-terrestrial cover-up aka the Men in Black do anything? Did the government do what they always do in a UFO/alien situation? Maybe ET wasn't even real? Maybe it was a hoax?

Does the year 2012 play a role in ET's return? Does the Speak & Spell play an important role in the story? Can it be used to find ET?

Why hasn't ET already come back? Maybe he wasn't allowed to come to planet Earth in the first place? Earth does have a bad reputation in the universe. Maybe that is why ET hasn't returned? Why was ET left
on Earth in the first place? Maybe he was a stow away and the crew didn't know he was even on the ship?

Not only is there a story for ET's return but it will be the greatest story ever told. The story is waiting to be told and it is waiting to be heard. The timing is perfect. There couldn't be a better time to bring back E.T.

Monday, October 26, 2009

8. Pictures from the Rally at Universal Studios

First I want to thank everyone for coming! About 30 people came to support the cause. We had a lot of people wondering what was going on. Some showed their support by honking their horns while others showed their opposition with objectionable language. I had two Midnight Ridazz show up with baskets on their bikes and E.T. cutouts inside the basket. It was awesome. Please let me know who you are. Thanks!

Click on the link to see the photos.
E.T. 2 Rally at Universal Studios

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

7. The Official Press Release by Seth Johnson

6. Showdown at Universal Studios!!!

What: Rally, March, Showdown, etc.

Where: 3881 Lankershim Blvd Los Angeles, California 91604
Universal City Metro station near Universal Studios main entrance. Northwest corner of Lankershim and Universal Hollywood Dr/Campo de Cahuenga.

When: Saturday, October 24, 2009 from 2 to 6pm.

What to bring: Yourself and others, a bike with a basket (milk crate) attached if you can. Your own homemade sign or banner.

What will be provided: Red hoodies for you to keep, drinks, Reese's Pieces, signs and banners.

Parking: Parking at Universal Studios is $12. There is a free shuttle that takes you from the CityWalk to the bottom of the hill near the Metro station where we are meeting.

Or even better forget parking and take the Metro Red Line and get off at the Universal City stop.

After the event we will be going up to CityWalk for those who want to (no entrance fee). There are plenty of restaurants, shopping and a movie theater. The restaurants include but not limited to Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Hard Rock Cafe, Buca di Beppo, Tony Roma's, Panda Express, Jamba Juice, etc. Follow this link for the complete list Universal CityWalk dining.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

5. Legend supports the return of E.T.

Legend supports the theory that E.T. must return. In South America there is the legend of Quetzalcoatl (Mesoamerica) or Viracocha (Inca) where a white, bearded God came from the sky and taught the people a better way of life including agriculture and industrial techniques. Before leaving He promised them He would return. They waited and waited for the return. When the Spanish conquistadors came to the Americas the Indians worshiped them supposing they were the promised return of Quetzalcoatl or Viracocha.

Even though E.T. was not meant to be a parable of Jesus Christ there are plenty of evidences in the movie and countless reviews written that support this theory. So in keeping with the parable of Christ and the belief that He will return again someday I believe that E.T. must also return. It's only fitting.

Monday, October 12, 2009

4. My Date with Drew

On Saturday I was feeling down and depressed. The reality of what I am trying to do (This is E.T.!!! Am I insane?) and my lack of confidence was really weighing me down. A friend had recommended watching My Date with Drew so I put it on my Netflix list. I watched it that night after work.

My Date with Drew is a documentary about a guy trying to get a date with Drew Barrymore.

It was perfect timing. It's very similar to what I am trying to do. It inspired me! Drew Barrymore was awesome. She totally made the movie!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

3. Rally at Universal Studios!

As part of the grassroots campaign I am staging a rally, march, showdown, extravaganza or whatever you want to call it in front of Universal Studios on Saturday, October 24, 2009 from 2 to 6pm. More details to come later.

Monday, September 28, 2009

2. Important quotes!

The following quotes are taken from the book E.T. The Book of the Green Planet by Howard Kotzwinkle based on a story by Steven Spielberg. When I read the book and these quotes in particular I thought there must be a sequel!!! How can there not be a sequel?

“I [Mary] love this child, she thought, looking at Elliott, and I want him to be happy. And he wants me to be happy. And why do I feel like crying when I see him rooting for me, that my date should be successful and I don’t perform like a dumb terminal with Alex? She leaned down and kissed Elliott on the forehead. ‘You’re a good teacher Elliott.’” page 88.

"My head holds many whispers from Earth. My heart holds a feeling. I am bound to Earth, and to Elliott forever." page 155

“E.T. tried to answer, but no language from Earth or the stars could describe what he felt. His heart alone glowed, and from it came many vibrations- of a simple love he’d known, given by a stranger in the universe, a boy whose soul was somehow the hope of the world.” page 260.

1. What am I thinking?!!!!!!!

When I was 7 years old my parents watched the movie E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial. I remember my mom telling the story to my siblings and I. We followed her around the house as she talked and took care of her daily duties. We were captivated! I swear she took as long to tell the story as it took to watch the movie. Even though my mom was a great storyteller her rendition did not satisfy our desire to see the movie.

A few days later we were enchanted by one of the greatest movies ever made. I don't remember much about the movie. I do remember seeing the title "Directed by Steven Spielberg" on a black screen. I don't know why but that image is forever ingrained in my mind. The other thing I distinctly remember is when E.T. says, "I'll be right here." I thought he meant he would be right here on this spot of ground when he came back. I was sure there would be a sequel and I was so excited for it. I waited and waited but the sequel never came.

In 2003 I was thinking about the sequel that never happened. I thought about how cool it would be to write it myself. The more I thought about it the more it appealed to me. The impossibility of it is what I liked. If I failed then it would be no big deal because it was never meant to succeed in the first place. Anyway I also wanted to be a screenwriter so I thought this might be a worthwhile task. I thought about it, I brainstormed, and I researched aliens and UFOs at the library. I really tried! I came up with a few ideas but nothing substantial. After a month I gave up with the conclusion that the reason it had never happened was because there is simply no story.

In January 2007 my mom died. A month later I moved to Hollywood. Out of the blue I found myself thinking about the sequel to E.T again. It was constantly on my mind. It became an obsession. I got a few more ideas for the story. In April 2007 I told my screenwriter roommate about some of my ideas. He liked them and that inspired me to make another attempt. I started writing and I don't know where it came from but two and a half years later I have a full screenplay.

The greatest thing in the world is being illuminated by thoughts and ideas, the genesis of which you do not know. I also love those rare glimpses of the story waiting to be written and experiencing the moments of clarity where the story seems to come together on its own. Sometimes I wonder if the story was already written and I only discovered it. Writing truly is discovery. I really love the story!