After having a big success on Raiders of the Lost Ark, Steven wanted to go back to his childhood. That's how he came up with E.T.-The Extra-Terrestrial. He said when he was a child he came up with an imaginary character. He said it went like this, boy meets creature, boy loses creature, creature saves boy, boy savescreature with the hope that they will always have a connection forever. When the film came out, it touched the heart of many viewers.