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Angry Birds movie coming in 2016

Rovio prepares for its first animated feature film

Rovio Entertainment has announced the first animated feature film based on its best-selling Angry Birds franchise. Rovio will produce and finance the film out of its own pocket, hoping to match the success and creative control Marvel Studios has exercised over its characters. To that end, Rovio has hired former Marvel Studios chairman and Iron Man executive producer David Maisel to executive produce the 3D CGI feature. Despicable Me producer John Cohen has been signed as the movie's producer.

“John's an exceptionally talented producer, and we're delighted to have him join the flock,” said Mikael Hed, CEO of Rovio Entertainment. “With John's hands-on producer background and David´s expertise in establishing and running his own successful studio, these two are the dream team for making a movie outside the studio system. Both professionals have the ideal skills and vision to achieve incredible things.”

“I'm so excited and honored to be working on this film with Mikael, David, and Rovio's incredibly talented game developers and artists,” said Cohen. “From both an entertainment and strategic perspective, Rovio is at the forefront of game innovation and is trailblazing terrific new ways for Angry Birds fans to interact with these characters. I've personally spent countless hours playing the Angry Birds games over the last few years, which I can now happily justify as research for the movie."

"John's experience, expertise, and passion are perfect for the Angry Birds film and I look forward to working with him to create the best movie experience for all the fans,” said Maisel.

Avid fans can expect the Angry Birds movie in summer of 2016.

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Latest comments (6)

Mbuso Radebe Associate Producer, Smoking Gun Interactive Inc.3 years ago
Typo Mike. It should read "Iron Man executive producer David Maisel".
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M.H. Williams Staff Writer, USgamer3 years ago
Fixed! Thank you for the heads up!
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Andrew Goodchild Studying development, Train2Game3 years ago
Seeing how obsessed a lot of kids are, it's not a bad idea, but 4 years (or 3 1/2) is a long time. How long do these things usually take?
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Simon Arnet3 years ago
@Andrew, your looking at kids who are maybe in the 6-9 possibly teen range. In 3 or so years they will be at the perfect age for a film like this. I remember that I was 12-14 still enjoying Animated films. Heck, I still do most of the time. Though I scoff at the idea of turning Angry Birds into a film...
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Andrew Goodchild Studying development, Train2Game3 years ago
I wasn't thinking of kids age range, so much as there is always a danger that the popularity may wane. Not to say it will, but not everything can be the Simpsons.
Turning angry birds into a movie is not so weird, when you think He-Man and Transformers were originally turned into cartoons only to sell an existing toy line, many other early 80's cartoons as well.
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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 3 years ago
Hm. Three years is a long time for what's basically a disposable game. All those toy cartoons mentioned (and more) got their shows to sell the toys and that worked because they were in stores when the episodes were running. That petered out as the toy makers and show writers ran out of ideas and it's always a case of moving on to the next hot property to run into the ground.

I really thing Angry Birds won't be selling anything other than tie in merch ONLY the real hardcore will buy and any new games coming from it may not be seen as fresh by some who've played the series to death. We shall see, I guess, but I'm betting movie critics won't "get" it at all while those who do will see it maybe once in theater and that's it.

Well, unless Rovio finds a way to make the home version (or the actual film) interactive in some way...

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Greg Wilcox on 17th December 2012 5:30am

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