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Xbox documentary to solve ET Atari games mystery

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Mon Dec 23 2013, 10:02
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REDMOND SOFTWARE SHOP Microsoft is to pump some money into homegrown televisual entertainment and will produce a series of documentaries.

The firm has already laid out its plans for its info-shows, and says that the first one out of the box, and on the gogglebox, will be about the famed, buried, copies of Atari non-smash, ET: The Extraterrestrial.

There is a legend around that game, and it is not about how good it was. Actually, it was so bad that it all copies were gathered together and thrown in a hole in the desert.

Since we are in the 2010s now, and seemingly permanently looking backwards, people often wax retrospectively about the cartridges and their existence. Microsoft will end those conversations with its exhumation.

The documentary will come from the producer partnership of the Chinn brothers, Jonathan and Simon, and directed by Zak Penn, a chap that made a movie about the Loch Ness monster.

"Our collaboration with Xbox offers an unparalleled opportunity to make a unique series of films around the extraordinary events and characters that have given rise to the digital age," said Academy award winning direction Simon Chinn.

His brother, Jonathan, is equally excited. "Our goal is to produce a series of compelling and entertaining docs which will deploy all the narrative techniques of Simon's and my previous work," he said.

"It's particularly exciting to be partnering with filmmakers like Zak Penn who come to this process from other filmmaking disciplines and who will bring their own distinctive creative vision to this."

Also ready to begin the dig is the director, who gave us X-Men 2. "When Simon and Jonathan Chinn approached me about this story, I knew it would be something important and fascinating," he said.

"I wasn't expecting to be handed the opportunity to uncover one of the most controversial mysteries of gaming lore."

Filming begins in the new year. µ


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