'Angry Birds' flying to theaters in 2016

7:55 AM, Dec 12, 2012   |    comments
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The game publisher announced it will launch a feature film based on the series in summer 2016. John Cohen, producer of the animated movie Despicable Me, and Iron Man executive producer David Maisel will assume similar roles in creating the Angry Birds flick.

"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. Both professionals have the ideal skills and vision to achieve incredible things," says Rovio CEO Mikael Hed in a statement.

Rovio says they will produce and finance the film as well as maintain all creative control.

The Finnish-based company has established itself as a force in video games with the 3-year-old franchise. The collection of games has generated more than 1 billion downloads, and the company just released the crossover hit Angry Birds Star Wars.

The film will serve as an interesting experiment for Rovio as it will likely spawn game spinoffs along with fresh merchandising opportunities. According to 2011 financial results released in May, about 30% of Rovio's total revenue comes from merchandising and licensing.

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