Angry Birds Officially Coming to Theaters

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Angry Birds Officially Coming to Theaters

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Rovio Entertainment is financing a full-length Angry Birds film planned for summer 2016.

It may have started out as a simple iPhone game, but Angry Birds has become a full-blown media phenomenon. The title hatched countless sequels, spin-offs, collectibles, plushies, even honest-to-God National Geographic collections, and its popularity isn't likely to dim anytime soon. Out of the remaining mediums for Angry Birds to slingshot into, creative team Rovio Entertainment is arguably most excited about film, and has spent the past two years working towards that goal. These efforts are finally paying off; the developer has officially announced that Angry Birds will get its theatrical release in the summer of 2016. Rovio will finance the computer-generated adaptation while Despicable Me's John Cohen and Iron Man's David Maisel have signed on to produce.

"I'm so excited and honored to be working on this film with Mikael, David, and Rovio's incredibly talented game developers and artists," said Cohen. "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."

Angry Birds doesn't exactly have a plot or character arc that can be translated to film, but from a production perspective it should be an interesting experiment. Rovio is developing the Angry Birds movie outside of the traditional studio system, and by doing so maintains full creative control over the project from start to finish. It's the same process Marvel Studios used to create its Cinematic Marvel Universe, and while that doesn't guarantee a critical success, it will allow Rovio to create as faithful an adaptation as it wishes. Considering how rarely that happens for videogame adaptations, the Angry Birds movie could be worth following for that detail alone.

Source: Rovio, via Eurogamer

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http://roosterteeth.com/archive/?id=3015

Rooster Teeth predicted it, and so it shall come.

And it all began as a clone of 'Crush the Castle' from Armor Games.

Ok then this is a thing. I'm now wondering how weird it would be if the angry birds movie is actually better than most other videogame movie adaptions.

juyunseen:
http://roosterteeth.com/archive/?id=3015

Rooster Teeth predicted it, and so it shall come.

No way the actual movie will be as good as that trailer.

captcha: good luck

Because movies based of video games are always so great. Although not sure I'd call Rovio at the forefront of innovation. I mean sure they put an interesting spin on Crush the Castle(different ammo types and being forced to use certain ammo) and had a nice visual style but that would be about it as far as I can see on the video game side. Sure it is what 4 years off so the movie might be worth it but I doubt it given the track record of people like Uwe Boll.

Why is it that Angry Birds gets the funding for a full-length feature film, and games with actual narrative potential such as Bioshock (though there are rumors), Halo (they started to...), Fallout (not Cowboys versus Aliens), etcetera (I could go on forever), don't? That's the only thing that really bothers me about this.

Fleetfiend:
Why is it that Angry Birds gets the funding for a full-length feature film, and games with actual narrative potential such as Bioshock (though there are rumors), Halo (they started to...), Fallout (not Cowboys versus Aliens), etcetera (I could go on forever), don't? That's the only thing that really bothers me about this.

size of the target audience, and possibility for a flop.
Bioshock: either you get a re-hash of one of the games (probably the first one), or you get something like the Resident Evil movies
Halo: the director (Peter Jackson) said "you can't hold up an entire 2+ hour movie with a guy in a mask who barely speaks" and the other stories are not considered to be interesting enough to capture audience attention. you say Halo Movie, and as soon as people hear it doesn't have Master Chief as a main character, and most of the general audience will just lose interest. so they made District 9 instead.
Fallout: you have a similar issue with Halo, but to a greater extent because the silent protagonist, and choice based storyline means that a lot of the audience that would go see it will either become greatly angry, or just won't care. at best you have a post apocalyptic setting, and if you think the number of games that get made with that setting are staggering then you should think of how many movies get pitched (and shot down for good measure) in the movie industry.
etcetera: no actual knowledge of this title.

also this has to do with the fact that many of these movies are pitched to studios, and this is basically going the full indie rout, so that Rovio maintains creative license, and the movie rights.

most games you either get a really good story that is more because of the player projections onto the character, or choices they make (which if the studio/director/writer makes the "wrong" ones the audience will go Hulk Rage and won't buy tie-ins), or a setting that when removed from the characters either looks like Generic Action Movie 389, or something completely different then what the series fans would want to see.

Horrible, just horrible.
It's a flippin' minigame, just why. (Money)
Give us something good, like a Deus Ex movie
or anything without a story that can be summed up in a sentence.

Why?

Just... Why?*

Of all the games out there they could be making an adaptation out of, they pick freakin Angry Birds?
How about something a little more story driven?

* Rhetorical question. Money is the answer.

Ok, so I understand why, but that doesn't make me any less disappointed. Still, video game to movie adaptations tend to not be the greatest films out there, so there probably isn't that big of a loss.

Berithil:
Why?

Just... Why?*

Of all the games out there they could be making an adaptation out of, they pick freakin Angry Birds?
How about something a little more story driven?

* Rhetorical question. Money is the answer.

Ok, so I understand why, but that doesn't make me any less disappointed. Still, video game to movie adaptations tend to not be the greatest films out there, so there probably isn't that big of a loss.

Shinsei-J:
Horrible, just horrible.
It's a flippin' minigame, just why. (Money)
Give us something good, like a Deus Ex movie
or anything without a story that can be summed up in a sentence.

you know your missing the point slightly that Rovio is Funding, and controlling this, so they are the ones deciding this. don't get angry at the fact it is Angry Birds, but more that other developers are not trying to fund there own movie adaptations.

gardian06:
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You kinda also missed the point of my post a little, I did write it a bit angrily though so no problems. :D
I'm just annoyed that we'll see an Angry Birds movie before we'll see the first great video game movie adaptation.
As for the indie thing, it's about cash, it's not that they couldn't find someone to take it on, it's a money spinner and that's it.
With game developers going into movies? that's a terrible idea right off the bat.
Maybe publishers, but studios?

But I digress, my point is that I know it's for money, I know why other games haven't gotten the opportunity and I know it's going to happen whether I like it or not, I'd just like to see things go differently.
It's just my naivety.

AldUK:
And it all began as a clone of 'Crush the Castle' from Armor Games.

this.

also ROOSTER TEETH BEAT THEM TO IT!!!

...

Meh. That's all I have to say about that.

*goes back to playing Angry Birds Seasons*

...oh, this is gonna be stupid.

Is this game even going to be popular or well known about in 3 years?

Oh jeegus chfist.. Please, no..
I remember reading awhile back in the ME3 fiasco that people wanted a Mass Effect movie, and honestly, I'll take that over a friggin' Angry Birds movie..
Of all the games in the world to make a movie about, and they decide with Angry Birds... Oy vey.

I'm pretty sure Angry Birds can be classified as a fad, which I assume means you gotta cash in quick while there's still interest. With Phone gaming still pretty much in its infancy and the next new big thing around the corner, I'm not so sure that Angry Birds will be in 2016 what it is today. It strikes me as similar to that Napoleon Dynamite TV show releasing years after everyone who did enjoy the movie quit giving a shit.

This just makes me think that a Castle Crashers movie would be a good idea.

So Angry Birds first...it'll be Minesweeper next.

Eeyup. Not long now.

Vid related.

Xiado:
This just makes me think that a Castle Crashers movie would be a good idea.

Actually, I would pay to see a Castle Crashers movie. This? Not so much.

OT: The problem with an Angry Birds movie is exactly that: it's an Angry Birds movie. Movies like Pokemon or The Simpsons were build upon a popular franchise that could easily afford to come up with a believable plot in order to make a movie (Mysterious Pokemon, random shenanigans, etc.). But Angry Birds? All the do is destroy stuff. it would be an extended version of the intro movie. And I know all movies based off cartoons/games are actually a re-adaptation of its original work but...seriously?

I mean, with the other movies, you know it's a desperate attempt from companies to make more money out of a nice franchise but this movie doesn't even try to hide it.

Also, will Angry birds be as popular as it is now when it comes out? Tune in to find out!

Just like when "facebook: The Motion Picture" was released we are, as a species, the lesser for it.

DrunkOnEstus:
I'm pretty sure Angry Birds can be classified as a fad, which I assume means you gotta cash in quick while there's still interest. With Phone gaming still pretty much in its infancy and the next new big thing around the corner, I'm not so sure that Angry Birds will be in 2016 what it is today. It strikes me as similar to that Napoleon Dynamite TV show releasing years after everyone who did enjoy the movie quit giving a shit.

As a "fad" it's been lasting and lucrative though.

*The worlds Largest Facepalm*

Are we really at this point? REALLY!?!

One need only look at how fucking awful that Battleship movie was to see how well this'll turn out.

Captcha: slythy toves.

Yes Captcha, you actually make more sense than this fucking... thing.

Well, it's going to happen. Wouldn't be funny to see the reaction of everyone if it turns out to be good?

Angry birds has enough of a story to warrant a film? I guess that wont matter if they get Michal Bay to direct it or one of his imitators to direct it.

What a depressing waste of time and resources, a terrible idea in every aspect but the marketing prospects, which is unfortunately the only one that counts in this day and age.

Sad thing is, this will be a HUGE summer blockbuster that kids drag their parents to see. It'll be panned by critics but do SUPER well the first week in box offices. Just you wait.

kburns10:
Sad thing is, this will be a HUGE summer blockbuster that kids drag their parents to see. It'll be panned by critics but do SUPER well the first week in box offices. Just you wait.

Oh, I don't doubt it, considering nowadays I see more people wearing Angry Birds shirts/hats than any other type of pop culture merch.

I've never really understood the whole Angry Birds thing. It's a temporary distraction while waiting in a line, and that's it. The concept has been done a million times before, it just looks prettier.

Than again, Avatar was pretty popular too :/

Yeah that video pretty accurately describes my feelings on this, in a way that words could never do.

As I have said before, I hope to God the original developers made the game and quickly got out of decision making roles because the amount of soul selling that goes on in this franchise has probably made most of the core team the devil's personal ass whippers.

Berithil:

kburns10:
Sad thing is, this will be a HUGE summer blockbuster that kids drag their parents to see. It'll be panned by critics but do SUPER well the first week in box offices. Just you wait.

Oh, I don't doubt it, considering nowadays I see more people wearing Angry Birds shirts/hats than any other type of pop culture merch.

I've never really understood the whole Angry Birds thing. It's a temporary distraction while waiting in a line, and that's it. The concept has been done a million times before, it just looks prettier.

Than again, Avatar was pretty popular too :/

It's absolutely NUTS! I guess you could say Avatar and Angry Birds are on par popularity wise, but this thing EXPLODED! For a game I've played maybe an hour TOTAL ever, it caught on like wildfire. Kinda like the Wii all over again, except it doesn't look to be flaming out anytime soon.

kburns10:

It's absolutely NUTS! I guess you could say Avatar and Angry Birds are on par popularity wise, but this thing EXPLODED! For a game I've played maybe an hour TOTAL ever, it caught on like wildfire. Kinda like the Wii all over again, except it doesn't look to be flaming out anytime soon.

The Avatar comparison is actually a pretty good one, considering both movie and game are essentially beautified versions of concepts that have been done a million times before.

Neither I.P. brings anything actually innovative to the plate, just better looking visuals.

At least Avatar actually had a story though.

Can anyone else remember a game studio funding it's own movie?

Yeah... I'm hoping this'll crash and burn too.

Christ, let this franchise die already. If not for the fact that it's a game that's been done to death a thousand times before they even got their paws in it, but just for the idea of having to endure a few more years of tepid bile as they try to shoehorn this waste of space into film.

juyunseen:
http://roosterteeth.com/archive/?id=3015

Rooster Teeth predicted it, and so it shall come.

Exact thing I thought when I saw the title

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