4 Book Sequels to Popular Movies…Best Left Unmade?

  • September 24, 2010
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Psycho 2


The Story – This one is an interesting entry. Yes we are aware that there was a Psycho 2 as well as two sequels; however the book which we are referring to actually had a completely different story. Written by Robert Bloch in 1982, the book followed the ongoing tale of Norman Bates, a timid motel manager with a freaky fixation on his deceased mother. Where the story deviated from the film was that it featured Norman (dressed as a nun) escaping from the mental ward as opposed to being let loose. Also, instead of heading home as he did in the film, Norman took his killing spree on the road to Hollywood where a movie about his life and crimes was being made.


We doubt she’d watch it. She looks way too uptight.

The book was intended as a critique of Hollywood splatter films which didn’t exactly go over well with the suits. There was a sense of “biting the hand that feeds you” and thus a new story was created for the film. Robert Bloch’s version promptly set aside; he and his “critique” were shown the door. Supposedly he was not invited to any of Universal Pictures’ screenings…


...he also wasn’t invited to any of their reindeer games.

PROS – The fact that the book was a critique of the cookie-cutter splatter flicks was actually fairly innovative for it’s time. A film adaptation could have been interesting and brings to mind Wes Craven’s Scream series. The Scream films were tongue-in-cheek horror satires credited for revitalizing the slasher genre in the 90s. Imagine if that credit had instead gone to an earlier series featuring the iconic Norman Bates?

CONS – Even fans of the now out of print book have openly admitted that the alternate film version is superior to the book. That doesn’t offer a lot of potential for any such movie adaptation. Also, how much cross-dressing can one character take?


Giant Perkins looks down upon mini-Perkins with disdain.

CHANCES OF IT HAPPENING – Not bloody likely. Anthony Perkins sadly has gone on to the big psycho ward in the sky and the original series has long since concluded. The only chance this book had of getting a film treatment went out the window following the unsuccessful 1998 shot-for-shot remake starring Vince Vaughn.


And so ended the Psycho legacy.


E.T. the Book of the Green Planet


The Story – This 1985 book served as a direct sequel to the blockbuster movie. It was written by William Kotzwinkle, who was also the author of the movie novelization of E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial. In the story, we learn of E.T.’s green home planet Brodo Asogi and the fate of Elliott. E.T.’s new mission as it turned out was to save Elliott who thanks to the monster known as puberty was quickly forgetting his teachings of gentleness and peace.


In retrospect, E.T. was actually quite a hippie.

PROS – Development on such a project would likely be rather swift. Any studio banking on nostalgic fans would green light this sequel instantly. It would be filmed, released and cranked out to Blu-ray long before the Hobbit has even cast its first dwarf. Also, in our current environmentally conscious world, anything with “Green” in the title is highly marketable. Special effects have also come a long way, although the prospect of a CG E.T. (as seen in the special edition of the film) is frightening. Obviously, the story would also have to be tweaked if any of the original cast were to appear.


Henry Thomas (Elliott) has long since passed puberty.

CONS – As Steven Spielberg himself has stated throughout the years - a sequel "would do nothing but rob the original of its virginity". Many fans tend to feel the same way. Also of note is the fact that Spielberg hasn’t had much luck revisiting old franchises.


Yeah, we went there.

CHANCES OF IT HAPPENING – This one is highly unlikely. Over the last few decades, rumors have often popped up of a sequel only to be quickly shot down. Spielberg currently has numerous projects on his plate such as Cowboys & Aliens, TinTin, Men in Black 3 and a possible Indy sequel. An E.T. follow-up isn’t remotely on his radar.

The closest we ever came to a sequel was in 1982 when Spielberg wrote a treatment for a sequel called E.T. II: Nocturnal Fears. The considerably darker movie would have revolved around Elliott and his friends being kidnapped by evil aliens and having to be rescued by E.T. in the climax.


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