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Its just a gag/joke or just a promise between Spielberg and Lucas (who knew each other from film school) started from E.T. and ended on Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Grebleips' species are a cameo appearance of the famous aliens of Steven Spielberg's 1982 film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. These creatures were inserted in the movie to make ...


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Best reference to this is essentially the interview you talked about: "People pretend to think they know Stanley Kubrick, and think they know me, when most of them don't know either of us," Spielberg told film critic Joe Leydon in 2002. "And what's really funny about that is, all the parts of A.I. that people assume were Stanley's were mine. And all the ...


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This is a speculative answer as I could not find any source pointing out to "what really excited Spielberg to do this project/movie". I am answering anyways just for that part of OP's question which suggests that it is an odd selection by Spielberg. The answer tries to guess - what could have excited Spielberg about this project : It's a good story The ...



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