Steven Spielberg Won’t Enhance Anymore of His Films
Over the last couple of decades, filmmakers have used newer technology to try to enhance the special effects in their films.
One of the more infamous examples has been the changes George Lucas made to the Star Wars “Special Editions” back in 1997, which received massive backlash. Lucas’ buddy, Steven Spielberg, met similar criticism when he decided to give E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial the same treatment. While doing press for his new film, Ready Player One, Spielberg acknowledged the changes in E.T., going on to say he’ll never make changes like that to any of his films again.
I got in trouble for doing that. When E.T. was re-released, I actually digitized 5 shots where E.T. went from being a puppet to a digital puppet and I also replaced the gun when the F.B.I. runs up on the van, now they have walkie-talkies.
So there’s a really bad version of E.T. where I took my cue from Star Wars and all of the digital enhancements of A New Hope that George put in, and I went ahead, because the marketing at Universal thought we need something to get an audience back and see the movie so I did a few touch ups in the film, and in those days, social media wasn’t as profound as it is today but what was just beginning, you know, erupted a loud, negative voice about how could you ruin our favorite childhood film by taking the guns away and putting walkie-talkies in their hands among other things.
So I learned a big lesson and that’s the last time I decided to ever mess with the past. What’s done is done, and um, I’ll never go back and do another movie I’ve made and I have control over to enhance or changes.
Spielberg and Lucas learned the hard way to never mess with the classics and it’s nice that Spielberg says he’s never going to mess with some that isn’t broken. For those curious about what changes Spielberg made to E.T., watch below.
Ready Player One is in theaters on March 30.
Source: Dark Horizons/Youtube
THE SOF WEEKLY PLANET #5: “The Dawn of The DCU and Birth of SUPERMAN: LEGACY”
Well, there's certainly a lot to talk about today, and so much has happened since I last wrote a Weekly...
It’s Official: Henry Cavill is Superman Again
Now there's a headline I've been waiting years to write... *SPOILER WARNING: BEWARE! THIS POST CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR BLACK ADAM*...
THE BATMAN Mega-Sode w/ Bill Ramey of Batman-on-Film: Non-Spoiler AND Spoiler Chat, INDY V, DAREDEVIL To Disney+, More!
This week's edition of The Fanboy Podcast begins with MFR and Brett's non-spoiler reaction to Matt Reeves' The Batman. From there...
Matt Reeves Discusses Bringing Superman Into The World of THE BATMAN
This weekend, Matt Reeves' long-awaited The Batman will finally arrive in theaters. It's a unique film, in this modern Golden...
RTF Review: ‘THE MANDALORIAN, S1 Chapter 8’
As a note, this review contains mild spoilers for The Mandalorian Chapter 8: Redemption. I would recommend watching before diving in. By...
STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER – An RTF Review
By Tony Artiga WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD!!! So it's finally here. The last chapter of the Skywalker saga. All wait with...