Horror helmers show sunny side for Xbox


Safran Digital Group and Microsoft announced a deal Tuesday that will have leading horror directors trying their hand at comedy as the first original programming on Xbox Live.

The directors involved include James Wan , David Slade, James Gunn, Lucky McKee, Andrew Douglas and Marcus Nispel. They'll provide films running less than 10 minutes that will debut worldwide in the fall in HD with the launch of the new Xbox Live Experience user interface.

Xbox Live has proven to be a solid distribution platform for licensed movies and TV shows. With this deal, Microsoft looks to position it as a vehicle for original content as well. (partialdiff)