Comcast, who owns Universal Pictures, has debuted a new four-minute Xfinity ad titled “A Holiday Reunion” which serves as a pseudo-sequel to Steven Spielberg’s classic ” E.T. the Extraterrestrial”.
Actor Henry Thomas reprises his role of Elliott opposite the puppet in the story in which the alien visits his friend for the holiday and learns that Elliott now has a family of his own and that technology has completely changed on Earth since his last visit.
“Lost in Translation” cinematographer Lance Acord helmed the short ad which did not have Steven Spielberg involved beyond serving as a consultant. He did, however, give the ad his blessing.
Thomas says: “Looking at the storyboards, I could see exactly why Steven was really behind it because the integrity of the story isn’t lost in this retelling.”