Academy award winning makeup and special effects artist Rick Baker has released a number of creature concept photos from the abandoned 1980 Steven Spielberg film project Night Skies. Baker created various aliens for the director’s Straw Dogs-inspired intended followup to Close Encounters of the Third Kind, in which a number of aliens terrorized a midwestern family, though one of the creatures, Buddy, appears to share some clear physical attributes with the title character from Spielberg’s next film, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial. Spielberg would eventually have second thoughts about Night Skies, abandoning the project for a more peaceful film that would eventually morph into E.T.
I might have taken leave of my senses. Throughout Raiders, I was in between killing Nazis and blowing up flying wings and having Harrison Ford in all this high serialized adventure, I was sitting there in the middle of Tunisia, scratching my head and saying, ‘I’ve got to get back to the tranquility, or at least the spirituality, of Close Encounters.’