E.T. landfill documentary will kick off new Xbox TV series in 2014

By Dave Cook, Thursday, 19 December 2013 15:06 GMT

Microsoft has announced a new series of shows looking at the rise of the digital age, starting with a documentary on the hunt for land-filled copies of Atari 2600 mega-flop E.T. The Extra Terrestrial.

Polygon reports that Xbox Entertainment Studios and Lightbox will produce the shows. The series starts with the E.T. documentary, in which Lightbox and Fuel Entertainment will excavate a landfill in New Mexico to search for crushed, unsold Atari 2600 cartridges said to be buried there after the game flopped.

The show will be exclusive to both Xbox 360 and Xbox One, and is directed by Zak Penn, whose previous work includes The Avengers and X-Men: The Last Stand.

We’ll have more on the documentary as it comes. What do you think so far

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E.T. The Extra Terrestrial

  • Atari: Game Over is now available on Xbox Live

    Atari: Game Over, the Microsoft-produced documentary that chronicles the decline of the once mega publisher Atari, following the release of the E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial game for the Atari 2600 is now available for everyone to watch.

  • E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial landfill cartridges now on sale

    Remember how Alamogordo City Commission said it would auction off E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial cartridges dug up from the famous Atari landfill? You can buy one – if you’re feeling plump in the pocket.

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