The following films will land debut directors:
- Angry Birds – The animated feature based on the hit Rovio app will be helmed by debut directors Fergal Reilly (Hotel Transylvania) and Clay Kaytis (Wreck-It Ralph); Sony will distribute starting July 1, 2016.
- Shantaram – Warner Bros. is in early negotiations with Garth Davis (Top of the Lake) to direct the adaptation of Gregory David Roberts‘ novel starring Joel Edgerton.
Hit the jump for more on both pictures.
Last week, we reported that Sony Pictures had picked up the rights to the Angry Birds movie, and set it for July 1, 2016. Production is now speeding ahead as Jon Vitti has been announced to write the script. Vitti’s impressive resume include writing stints on Saturday Night Live, The Critic, The Larry Sanders Show, King of the Hill, and The Simpsons. It also includes Alvin and the Chimpmunks and Alvin and the Chipmunks, but for the sake of being interested in the Angry Birds movie, we’ll ignore those and focus on the positive.
The press release also notes that there’s already an Angry Birds Toons series, which is news to me since I don’t really play Angry Birds much less follow their animated adventures. It’s unknown if Vitti will follow in the tone of those cartoons or if it will be more in line with his rich TV resume. Hit the jump for the press release.
The Angry Birds movie is moving full-speed ahead, as Sony Pictures Entertainment announced today that it has acquired worldwide distribution rights to the feature film adaptation of the popular video game. Rovio Entertainment is developing, producing, and financing the pic itself, with John Cohen (Despicable Me) and David Maisel (Iron Man) onboard to produce the 3D animated film. We previously knew that Rovio was targeting a 2016 release date, and Sony has firmed that up by announcing Angry Birds will hit theaters on July 1, 2016.
A director or screenwriter has yet to be announced and story details are non-existent, but this is an incredibly lucrative property that is bound to do big business with the younger crowd when it hits theaters on the Fourth of July weekend in 2016. Production is slated to begin in the next few months, at which point we should learn more about the animated comedy. Hit the jump to read the press release.
It was only a matter of time before the mobile gaming juggernaut that is Angry Birds came to a screen that was bigger than your hand. On the third anniversary of the game’s release, Rovio Entertainment has announced that John Cohen (Despicable Me) will produce a 3D CG-animated feature film due out summer 2016. David Masiel (Iron Man) will executive produce. Rovio Entertainment will produce and finance the movie, and will likely use the $1000 bills that were previously allocated to fill one of the company’s swimming pools.
Hit the jump for the press release. In October, Angry Birds‘ teamed with Star Wars for Angry Birds Star Wars and hit the top of the U.S. iPhone charts in 2.5 hours.
The casual-gaming juggernaut that is Angry Birds is set to combine with the undying power of Star Wars. Rovio has announced Angry Birds Star Wars will arrive on iOS, Android, and Windows 8 PCs on November 8th. The game will use the same gravitational physics as Angry Birds Space, but the birds will now be wearing the look of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, and the other rebel forces, while the pigs will be represented by Darth Vader, storm troopers, and the Empire. There will also be other tweaks like changes to the music and settings. According to USA Today, “With Angry Birds Star Wars, merchandise sales will likely kick into hyperdrive. Clothing, toys and action figures will appear in stores about a week before the game becomes available.”
This will be the second Angry Birds-film crossover. The popular video game tied in with last year’s Rio, which made sense because both properties feature birds. Now, Angry Birds appears free to crossover with whatever property it wishes. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for Angry Birds Battleship Potemkin. Hit the jump to check out the trailer for Angry Birds Star Wars.
People love the video game Angry Birds and they love Super Bowl ads so Fox is hoping that love spills over to their upcoming animated film Rio. In an inventive bit of marketing, the 4th quarter of Sunday’s Super Bowl XLV will have an ad for the upcoming Angry Birds Rio game. The ad will include a code that will unlock a secret level in Angry Birds. The LA Times reports that the unlockable level will also “take Angry Birds users to a Rio sweepstakes, which features a prize of a trip to the “Rio” movie world premiere in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on March 22 — the same day the Angry Birds Rio game launches.” If you miss the ad during the game, it will be posted on YouTube after it airs on TV.
Rio is due out in 3D on April 15th. The film features the voices of Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, Jamie Foxx, will.i.am, Tracy Morgan, George Lopez, Jane Lynch, Wanda Sykes, Leslie Mann, Jermanine Clement, and Rodrigo Santoro. Hit the jump for a synopsis of the film.