It came to pass during this hellacious Station Fire in the Los Angeles mountains, that the house where Spielberg placed his most beloved story was threatened by flames. Just picture a wall of flames behind the house, and you got the full picture.
Interesting thing I never realized before about that script. Imdb confirms that there are no last names used, just first names, and a bunch of characters like “Medic” that show how basic and steampunk that script was. Bare bones and truth.
Hey, I wonder how the plot would have unfolded if E.T. had seen this view as he peered over the ridge?