Back then, we heard that the company had six months to dig up the landfill for their movie, which would be exclusive, to the Xbox platform. The trouble is that their plan needed to be approved by state environmental regulators, since it’s their business who goes around digging up landfills from the early ’80s. Even if the legend is true, there’s more than just a bunch of terrible game cartridges buried at the site.
Back in June, the city approved the crew’s quest to bring E.T. home, but state environmental regulators have not. The dump where the cartridges would have been, well, dumped shut down in 2004 due to “compounds of concern” and the federal government was asked to take it over as a Superfund site.
This is where things get interesting: the dig hasn’t happened yet. Why? The local newspaper reports that the state isn’t satisfied with the company’s waste excavation plan and aren’t letting the dig go forward. One of the film’s organizers told the Associated Press that the dig is proceeding as planned, and the filmmakers have hired a company to take care of the environmental aspects. Which version is true? It’s not yet clear.
Like his crudely animated onscreen avatar, E.T. remains trapped in a pit. Based on what we’ve heard about the game, that may be just as well.