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Angry Birds iPhone/iPad Game is Migrating to the Big Screen?

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August 24, 2010
Source: Variety

Angry Birds

Since a big chunk of action figures and board games have already been snagged by studios in Hollywood, it looks like games on the iPhone and iPad might be the next source of inspiration for the big screen. Variety reports that the insanely popular game Angry Birds, which has sold more than 6.5 million downloads, is meeting with studios and talent agencies to turn the game into a multi-platform franchise. While the deals include toys, comic books and TV shows, the most significant bit for our purposes includes a movie deal. In the game, a slingshot fires birds into the fortresses of green pigs who have stolen the fowl's eggs. Read on!

If you're unfamiliar with the video game, you can check out the simple in-game introduction trailer which introduces us to the avian army. As the player progresses through levels of increasing difficulty with birds of different firing power and abilities, the pigs keep using different methods to escape and protect themselves in their fortresses made of glass, wood, and bricks. The story that runs through the game is pretty weak, and I can't imagine a movie being groundbreaking (or making any sense at all?!) unless you get someone like Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who did wonders with Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, to adapt and direct it.

This is the first time a mobile game has attempted to make a splash in Hollywood and Rovio, the creators of the game, are hoping they can make a fairly unknown property into a household name in the same way as Pixar. It's certainly ambitious, but Rovio will have to spread their mobile game for use on Google's Android software, other devices from Blackberry and Palm and maybe straight-up gaming units like the Nintendo DS or consoles like the Playstation 3. Apparently the onslaught of Angry Birds will start in the form of cartoons preferably in the style of Aardman Animation's claymation that could play in theaters or on television.

It sounds like the movie deal is pretty far away, so maybe that will give them some time to realize that if no one has made an awesome video game movie yet, crafting a mobile game adaptation isn't going to be a walk in the park. As much as I love the Angry Birds (I've already beaten all the levels, and I'm eagerly awaiting for updates to keep playing) I just don't need to see the property flocking to theaters. What about you?

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  • memphistyler103
    (laughs)
  • Big Boss
    These people REALLY don't have anything else to make movies about!
  • Spider94
    i cant wait for the bejeweled movie... a group of strangers trapped in a puzzle,a maniac killing them off click by click in a pattern,a jewel chain wrapped around their neck,next summer...will you match the jewel with the person next to you.. BEJEWELED:THE MOVIE coming in 3D next summer! :)
  • Have Hope
    They should make a movie about Oxygen. Plot would be the day that Oxygen was born and its love/hate relationship with Carbon Dioxide. If they are making a film on Angry Birds, why not Oxygen? HH
  • Al
    #4, please don't give them any ideas.
  • 8=D
    please say this is bullshit
  • Para
    tbh angry birds is probably the best game of all time on the iphone with a great story line about birds and pigs. I'm a huge fan. hopefully it'll get done in 3d as well. can't wait!!
  • Ben
    Could make a fun kids movie.
  • http://www.transformersactionfigures.com Heather
    Nooo wwaaayyyy, angry is a really good game but I don’t see how they can make a movie unless they market it straight to kids
  • Wildbird
    I hope they do make a movie of this it should be better then AVATAR
  • Jericho
    AWESOME, I HAVE BEEN ADDICTED TO THIS GAME...ok maybe not, but i would still love to see this

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