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Angry Birds Movie Arrives Late in the Game: Summer 2016

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An Angry Birds movie is slated for a Summer 2016 release.

Rovio said on Tuesday that Despicable Me producer John Cohen has signed on as the producer of an Angry Birds 3D CG-animated feature film slated to hit theaters in Summer 2016. Joining the project will be David Maisel, former Chairman of Marvel Studios and executive producer of Iron Man, who will serve as the movie's executive producer. Rovio Entertainment will finance and produce the film.

"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."

Prior to his work at Illumination Entertainment/Universal Pictures, John Cohen served as VP of Production at Twentieth Century Fox Animation. There he worked on Ice Age, Robots, Ice Age: The Meltdown and Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who. He also helped re-imagine Alvin and the Chipmunks and developed the 2007 film.

Rovio is following in the footsteps of Marvel Entertainment which decided to produce and finance its own films outside the typical Hollywood production machine, a move "architected" by David Maisel. This production method will allow Rovio to retain full creative control over the Angry Birds project while "creating innovative entertainment at the highest level of quality."

"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 David Maisel. 

Will a Summer 2016 release date be too far out for Angry Birds? That's 3 1/2 years from now, and chances are fans of the franchise may have moved on to something else. If Rovio can keep Angry Birds innovative and fresh during all that time, then a CGI movie could possibly fly in movie theaters. But there's a possibility this cool idea will end up in the gaming movie graveyard along with deceased projects like Duke Nukem and maybe even World of Warcraft.

The original Angry Birds game made its debut on Apple's iOS platform back in December 2009. Since then, the franchise has exploded into a multi-billion dollar business, producing four additional releases, a spin-off game, books, T-shirts, slippers and other merchandise. Its current momentum should propel the franchise well into the summer of 2016, but consumer tastes could change over the next three years.

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    wardoc22 , December 11, 2012 8:57 PM
    Lol.. By then Angry Birds would become irrelevant... Hopefully, if this world can't get any worse
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    stevo777 , December 11, 2012 8:38 PM
    Wow, I guess it takes 3 and 1/2 years to get such a project together?
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    wardoc22 , December 11, 2012 8:57 PM
    Lol.. By then Angry Birds would become irrelevant... Hopefully, if this world can't get any worse
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    wannabepro , December 11, 2012 9:18 PM
    I enjoyed Angry Birds.... ....for about 10 seconds...
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    robochump , December 11, 2012 9:29 PM
    Angry Birds Star Wars is fun. Too many negative Nancys on here.
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    Devoteicon , December 11, 2012 10:08 PM
    3 1/2 years means nothing to Hollywood. They're going to make it and they're going to shove it down our throats. Whether or not angry birds is still relevant at the time of release is not an issue. The real issue is whether not the IQ of the general population with be lower by the time of release. Hollywood thinks that it will be.
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    mman74 , December 11, 2012 10:34 PM
    Origins story please. Exactly why the pigs would want the eggs and why they hide under flimsy suicidal structures like lemmings was never clearly explained to me.
    Also any word on who is gonna play "Red"?
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    RADIO_ACTIVE , December 11, 2012 10:39 PM
    stupid.....
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    SneakySnake , December 11, 2012 10:54 PM
    I assume this is a kids movie?
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    DirectXtreme , December 11, 2012 11:40 PM
    wardoc22Lol.. By then Angry Birds would become irrelevant... Hopefully, if this world can't get any worse

    Oh no... it's going to continue getting worse.
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    reprotected , December 12, 2012 3:18 AM
    DevoteiconThe real issue is whether not the IQ of the general population with be lower by the time of release. Hollywood thinks that it will be.

    It can't be lower than all the people commenting on THW's news articles.
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    chewy1963 , December 12, 2012 4:33 AM
    Devoteicon3 1/2 years means nothing to Hollywood. They're going to make it and they're going to shove it down our throats. Whether or not angry birds is still relevant at the time of release is not an issue. The real issue is whether not the IQ of the general population with be lower by the time of release. Hollywood thinks that it will be.


    QUOTE:
    "Rovio is following in the footsteps of Marvel Entertainment which decided to produce and finance its own films outside the typical Hollywood production machine, a move "architected" by David Maisel. This production method will allow Rovio to retain full creative control over the Angry Birds project while "creating innovative entertainment at the highest level of quality.""

    It isn't being made by "Hollywood"... Read the damn article, you might learn something!
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