My friends, I have big news for you: The fabled movie inspired by Angry Birds is actually happening, with Despicable Me producer John Cohen signing on to the project. Former Marvel Studios Chairman David Maisel is executive producer (reprising the role he held on Iron Man), and the film itself is expected in cinemas in mid 2016.
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The news is timely – it’s actually the third anniversary of the original Angry Birds – that’s right, it’s taken less than half a decade for these feathery critters to take over the entire world.
Developer Rovio Entertainment will finance the film project (as well as sharing production duties), something Mikael Hed, CEO, is quite pleased with.
John [Cohen]’s an exceptionally talented producer, and we’re delighted to have him join the flock. 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.
It’s another chapter for Cohen’s already colourful CV. The producer has most recently worked on Easter-themed Hop as well as Despicable Me, while previous jobs include VP of Production at Twentieth Century Fox Animation. Other involvements include Ice Age, Ice Age: The Meltdown, Robots and Horton Hears a Who.
…he’s also the man to blame for the 2007 re-imagining of Alvin and the Chipmunks, by the way.
I’m so excited and honored to be working on this film with Mikael, David, and Rovio’s incredibly talented game developers and artists. 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.
Cleverly, Rovio is following an example architected by David Maisel and used by Marvel Studios: The Angry Birds film – the first for Rovio – will be produced and financed entirely outside of the studio system, with Rovio retaining full creative control.