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It's 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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Spielberg was busy directing Close Encounters of the Third Kind at the time. While they discussed their projects, Prior to [Star Wars's] release, George Lucas showed an early cut of the film to a group of his film director friends. Most, including Lucas himself, felt the film would be a flop; Brian De Palma reportedly called it the "worst movie ...


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Spielberg has a number of techniques that you can spot him using in many of his films. In fact, there is at least one website that examines 15 of his common techniques. One of my favorites, for example is the foreground-framing device where the camera peers through some other open object (a fence, a box, a chair) to highlight the actual subject of the shot. ...


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Steven Spielberg is listed as a guest director in Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. However, he has ruled out directing an entire SW movie, as stated here: "I've asked [Lucas]. He won't let me do one," he said. "I wanted to do one 15 years ago, and he didn't want me to do it. I understand why - Star Wars is George's baby. It's his cottage industry and it'...


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As Wookieepedia explains: Grebleips' [Spielberg spelled backwards] 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 ***Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace* to make good on a promise—after Steven Spielberg included a Yoda cameo and Star ...


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Spielberg was one of several directors who joined the studio executives for a screening of the original film: In February 1977, Lucas screened an early cut of the film for Fox executives, several director friends, along with Roy Thomas and Howard Chaykin of Marvel Comics who were preparing a Star Wars comic book. The cut had a different crawl from 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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