Frank Darabont spent a year writing this screenplay based on an idea from George Lucas. Yes, it still has aliens and whatnot. Speilberg loved it, but Lucas ended up not liking the screenplay and they dumped it in favor of another one, although a lot of the same ideas crop up. One HUGE difference…there’s no son…no Shea Labeuf (sp?)
Anyway, i think it’s a great read. And another reason why i now dislike George Lucas.