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Sony buys up Angry Birds film rights, coming 2016

Sony has secured the international distribution rights to the animated feature film adaption of crush-the-castle-avian-edition, Angry Birds. It’s not wasting time either, announcing that the movie will debut worldwide on 1st July 2016.

It’s not handing off to some large studio though, but keeping it all in-house. Rovio, the developer of what became the biggest game series ever made until Candy Crush came along, will handle the production and financing for the movie. Two other names have been confirmed for involvement, including John Cohen, who produced Despicable Me and David Maisel, who was chairman of Marvel Studios for a while, helping to produce Iron Man.

Imagine this but with a big studio polish. 

“Every studio in town would love to add Angry Birds to their slate,” said Sony Pictures Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton. “There are few titles out there that bring this kind of excitement, brand awareness and built-in audience to the table. We’re thrilled to be distributing this film and we hope this is just the beginning of what will be a long relationship with Rovio as we look for ways to work on future projects together.”

A movie for the little animated critters was only a matter of time. The game has already been adapted into so many different mediums. There’s a cartoon series, child’s playgrounds modeled around the game world and ‘characters’, plushies, toys and loads more.

KitGuru Says: Something tells me that like the Pokemon Animated movies, we could see regular releases in the Angry Bird movie lineup. Would you go watch one? It’s unlikely to be on the level of a Pixar movie. Maybe a Cars 2.

[Cheers MCV]

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