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The first original documentary series to debut on Xbox in 2014 will tell the story behind Atari’s burial of millions of unsold game cartridges in New Mexico three decades ago, Xbox Entertainment Studios announced Thursday.
Xbox will produce the series with two-time Academy Award-winning producer Simon Chinn (“Searching for Sugar Man” and “Man on Wire”) and Emmy-winning producer Jonathan Chinn (FX’s “30 Days” and PBS’s “American High”) through their new multi-platform media company, Lightbox, reports Xbox Wire.
“Jonathan and Simon Chinn are the perfect team to spearhead this series for Xbox,” said Xbox Entertainment Studios President Nancy Tellem. “They are consummate story tellers and they plan to match their creative sensibility with the best talent in the industry.”
The documentary, she said, “will expose how the digital revolution created a global democracy of information, entertainment and commerce, and how it impacts our lives every day.”
As Xbox Wire writes, in the great video game burial of 1983, Atari, “faced with overwhelmingly negative response to the video game ‘E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,’ buried millions of unsold game cartridges in the middle of the night in the small town of Alamogordo, New Mexico.”
Filmmaker Zak Penn (“X-Men 2,” “Avengers,” “Incident at Loch Ness”) will direct the documentary, which he said will “not only document the excavation, it will also place the urban legend of the burial in the context of the precipitous rise and fall of Atari itself.”
Shooting begins in January, and the series will air exclusively on Xbox One and Xbox 360 next year. It will be available globally in all markets where Xbox Live is supported.
To read more, head over to Xbox Wire.
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