At this very moment, you can play Angry Birds on your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android tablet, a Roku set top box, and your browser. You can buy Angry Birds plushies, and chew toys for your pets; there’s even franchise tie-ins for Star Wars and Green Day. Now it seems that the anger-prone avians will be moving to an even bigger screen, as Rovio officially announced the Angry Birds movie.
The movie–slated to debut in 2016–is being produced by John Cohen, who previously produced Despicable Me. Cohen was also involved in films like Ice Age and Horton Hears a Who. Personally, the prospect of Steve Carrell voicing the pig king haunts my nightmares–while there’s no word of official casting, I’m bracing for the worst.
To demonstrate that there is a market for all things Angry Birds, Rovio’s press release also contains the latest stats on their franchise: “Since its debut in 2009, the Angry Birds game has been downloaded more than 1 billion times across platforms and versions. The most recent venture, Angry Birds Star Wars, soared to the top of the US iPhone charts within 2.5 hours of release.” We’d be interested in seeing how many of those downloads–including free platforms–led to revenue.
At the very least, we know Cohen is a fan of the source material. Cohen was quoted as saying, “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.” I don’t doubt him; those games are addictive!
An example of Rovio’s increasingly ambitious animated shorts.
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