'Despicable Me' Producer Developing 'Angry Birds' Movie for 2016
by Ethan Anderton
December 11, 2012
It's been over two years since we heard any news about Rovio Entertainment bringing their best-selling mobile game Angry Birds to the big screen, but if you thought that meant that project was dead, think again. A press release from Rovio has just announced that Despicable Me producer John Cohen will produce the adaptation of the game which sees a group of birds with various skills fighting an evil army of green pigs who have stolen their eggs. In addition, David Maisel, who was once the Chairman of Marvel Studios and producer of Iron Man, will executive produce this wholly unnecessary video game adaptation.
Don't get me wrong, Angry Birds was a fun game, and even the most recent Star Wars iteration is pretty entertaining. But when Angry Birds shirts, toys and more started showing up in Wal-Mart and all over the world, that's when I knew things had gotten out of hand. Yes, there's a bit of a story in the game, but do we really need to turn that into a 3D computer animated feature film looking to hit theaters in 2016? It just seems like overkill. Here's some standard publicity fluff from Cohen
"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."
Perhaps he should have spent that time coming up with a more original idea for an animated film instead. In fact, Cohen has worked on disappointing animated films like the Ice Age franchise, Horton Hears a Who and Alvin and the Chipmunks, so it doesn't leave much hope for this to be all that great. Of course, the brand name will be enough to get parents to take their kids to theaters, and that's all Rovio Entertainment really cares about. As always, I would love to be proven wrong and have this turn into some kind of magical animated film, but right now, I'm more than a little skeptical. What do you think?
Reader Feedback - 9 Comments
Yeah, because the world will still be clamoring for Angry Birds by the time the next Olympics rolls around:P
RidgeRacer4 on Dec 11, 2012
They can get an android app game off the ground but they can't do a Gears of War movie or Halo one???
Christopher Philip Cinquegrano on Dec 11, 2012
Fidel Reyes on Dec 11, 2012
Do we really think Angry Birds will be around that long? Actually what am I saying... I reviewed Angry Birds Star Wars and gave it a 9.5. I just don't see how it can translate to a movie when none of the characters talk.
Kento on Dec 11, 2012
To all the clowns who complain about adapting such a game for the big screen. Movies are here to help develop the imagination. Just because YOU with your limited present understanding . That's OK, but please don't apply that to anyone. Some people think BIG I am looking forward to this because my mind is ever ready for expansion. This is a very successful game, so you can expect some care into it. The producer of Iron. Man is on it dammit!
BIG on Dec 11, 2012
The Angry Birds-franchise is absolutely huge at the moment, so the film might end up being alright. I can see the games easily translate to movie since even though the characters don't speak in the game they might speak in the movie. And the film being unnecessary? Hmm, I'm pretty sure this will be kids' movie and there are lot of pretty shitty offerings coming from Hollywood in that genre also, so who knows. At least people know around the world these characters very well so if they manage to make decent movie and the game is still around the time film comes out it might end up being very successful. But it's true that 2016 is pretty far away and things might change a lot during 3-4 years. But even if the film won't be some huge blockbuster I'm pretty sure lot of kids around the world will be happy to watch it.
kodekn on Dec 11, 2012
No Bioshock, gears of war, halo, legend of zelda, or Metroid movies... but yes to an angry birds movie... it's cool.. it's cool.... -.-
Fidel Reyes on Dec 11, 2012
I can't believe I'm saying it, but I'd rather see the Monopoly movie.
castingcouch on Dec 12, 2012
ANGRY BIRDS IS STOLEN WORK!!! YOU PEOPLE WILL BE SUED!!! YOU WILL PAY IN THIS LIFE AND THE NEXT!!!
JIM on Dec 13, 2012
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