After dominating the gaming market on the smartphone and tablet, it appears that "Angry Birds" is ready to take its highly popular act to big screens across the United States.
Rovio entertainment, the company behind the virtual masterpiece, made an announcement Tuesday that an animated "Angry Birds" movie should be in theaters by the summer 2016. CEO of Rovio Entertainment Mikael Hed made the official announcement on the company's website. Rovio will be both producing and financing the 3D project, and also will "retain full creative control."
The company brought on producer John Cohen, who previously worked on the film "Despicable Me." Former chairman of Marvel Studios and executive producer on "Iron Man" David Maisel is also attached to the project.
"John's an exceptionally talented producer, and we're delighted to have him join our flock," Hed said. "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."
Cohen, who was also behind the "Alvin and the Chipmunks" 2007 movie, spoke about his excitement on being signed on to the project:
"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," he added.
In the three years since the very first "Angry Birds" was rolled out, over 1 billion copies and counting have been downloaded. The question that remains is whether or not its respective game backing will parlay into box office sales.