Xbox, which has greenlighted its first scripted series, Halo, and its first reality series with the street soccer competition Every Street United, is now entering the documentary arena with a multi-film series about the start of the digital revolution. It hails from Oscar-winning documentary producer Simon Chinn (Man On Wire, Searching For Sugar Man), his Emmy-winning cousin Jonathan Chinn (American High) and their newly launched Lightbox, a company focused on creating non-fiction TV programming. “Our careers have taken different paths, but we have always had a strongly shared sensibility and approach to non-fiction – mine at the more commercial end of feature documentary, Jonathan’s at the more thoughtful end of reality,” said Simon Chinn.
Each film in the xBox documentary series will be helmed by a different director and will range from an hour to feature length. Zak Penn (X-Men 2) has signed on to direct the first film, which investigates the events surrounding the great video game burial of 1983. The Atari Corporation, faced with overwhelmingly negative response to “ET the Video Game,” buried millions of unsold game cartridges in the middle of the night, in the small town of Alamogordo, New Mexico. Lightbox is repped by CAA and Jeanne Newman.