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.