Whatever happened to that documentary about the E.T. landfill?

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Back in May, a TV station in Alamogordo, New Mexico, reported that the city had struck a deal with a documentary filmmaker to excavate the legendary landfill that may contain the buried remains of millions of unsold E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial cartridges for the Atari 2600. Where is that movie? This rumored treasure trove of video gaming history must be uncovered!

It turns out that the film has gone to Xbox Entertainment Studios. According to Hollywood Reporter the documentary will be the first episode of an as-yet untitled series that will feature stories about gaming and the digital generation. The series will be produced Oscar winner Simon Chinn and his cousin Jonathan Chinn. The E.T. landfill episode will be directed by Zak Penn who also co-created Alphas for SyFy.

“When Simon and Jonathan Chinn approached me about this story, I knew it would be something important and fascinating. I wasn’t expecting to be handed the opportunity to uncover one of the most controversial mysteries of gaming lore.”

Shooting will begin in January. The series will be exclusive to the Xbox 360 and Xbox One entertainment systems.