Steven Spielberg says he will never digitally enhance a past movie again after ‘E. T.’ backlash

Director Steven Spielberg has said that he does not digitally enhance any of his previous films.


As he gears up for the incredibly self-referential film, “Ready Player One,” the famous director Steven Spielberg is to look back at the sum of his career, including a number of things that he now considers mistakes.

The 71-year-old director sat down for an interview with ScreenRant, where he was asked about going back to his old classics and modernizing them with new visual effects, similar to what George Lucas did with the original “Star Wars” films in 2004.

Spielberg is the mastermind behind classic films such as “Jaws,” “Indiana Jones” “Jurassic Park” and many more, so there is no shortage of the movies that he might decide to touch-up.

However, he revealed that he was not interested in doing that ever again after the negative reaction he received from tampering with “E. T.” years ago.

“When E. T. was re-released, I actually digitized 5 photos where ‘E. T.’ went from being a puppet, a digital puppet, and I also replaced the gun, when the F. B. I. is on the bus, now they are walkie talkies. So there is a very bad version of ‘E. T.’ where did I take my cue from “Star Wars,” and all the digital extensions of ‘A New Hope’, that is George, and I went ahead, because the marketing of Universal thought that we need something to get an audience back, and see the movie, so I have a few touch-up in the film,” he said.

“Social media was not as large as it is now, but what was just started, you know, burst a loud, negative voice about ‘how could you ruin our favorite childhood film by taking the weapons away and put walkie-talkies in their hands, among other things.” So I learned an important lesson and that is the last time I decided to ever have to mess with the past. What’s done is done, and um, I will never go back and another movie that I made and I have the control to strengthen or change.”

So, it seems that the famous director has no plans to go back and re-shape his old films after the heat he took from “E. T.” But that is not to say that he did not revise his old films.

As previously reported, the first trailer for “Ready Player One” was hit with backlash on social media for, in essence, is a victory lap of Spielberg’s earlier films. For those not familiar, the film is based on a novel by Ernest Cline about a complex video game system called The Oasis. The creator of this vast digital world was a fan of all things from the 1980s, which he passed on to the fans of the game. As a result, both the novel and the film is filled with references to Spielberg movies, which dominated the decade.

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