Notorious E.T. Landfill Excavated, Original Xbox Documentary Coming Soon
Written Monday, April 28, 2014 By Richard WalkerView author's profile
Set to be the subject of an original Xbox Entertainment documentary film tentatively given the working title of 'Atari: Game Over', the infamous landfill in which cartridges of Atari's 2600 video game 'E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial' have been long-buried, has finally been excavated after decades.
At the site in Alamagordo, New Mexico, a team of filmmakers and excavators set to work unearthing the buried cache of E.T. Atari 2600 cartridges, sent to the landfill by the company when the movie tie-in game flopped, leaving Atari facing financial catastrophe. Thousands of unsold copies of the game were buried, and the landfill site passed into video game legend.
Now Fuel Entertainment, having acquired the rights in December 2013, teamed up with local garbage contractor Joe Lewandowski to dig up the Alamagordo landfill, discovering that the legend was actually true. There are indeed E.T. cartridges galore, as well as copies of Atari 2600 classics Asteroids, Centipede, Space Invaders and others.
Atari: Game Over (working title) will be heading to Xbox 360 and Xbox One as an original Xbox Entertainment production in 2014. It's being executive produced by Academy Award winning producer Simon Chinn (“Searching for Sugar Man”, “Man on Wire”) and Emmy winning producer Jonathan Chinn (FX’s “30 Days” and PBS’s “American High”). The documentary will be directed by writer/director Zak Penn (“X-Men 2,” “Avengers,” and “Incident at Loch Ness”).
Take a look at a trailer showing the E.T. landfill dig below.