Rovio’s Angry Birds feature film is getting ready to fly in 2016. Today Rovio Entertainment announced that John Cohen, who most recently produced Despicable Me, has signed on to produce what will be a 3D CG-animated movie. He joins executive producer David Maisel, former chairman of Marvel Studios and executive producer of Iron Man.
The business setup is interesting, too: the movie will be produced and financed by Rovio Entertainment, outside of the typical studio system. It’s a model Maisel knows well from his days at Marvel.
Fans have already seen these characters in animated form, thanks to the specials Angry Birds: Wreck The Halls and Angry Birds Space for Nickelodeon Extra. They’ve seen them in all kinds of other forms too, including books, toys, consumer products, playground equipment, and several versions of the games that started it all in 2009.
Cohen executive produced Illumination/Universal’s Hop in 2011 in addition to producing the 2010 Illumination Entertainment/Universal Pictures hit Despicable Me. Before that he was vice president of Production at Twentieth Century Fox Animation, where he worked with Blue Sky Studios on films including Ice Age, Robots, Ice Age: The Meltdown and Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who.
“John’s an exceptionally talented producer, and we’re delighted to have him join the flock,” said Mikael Hed, CEO of Rovio Entertainment. “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.”
Rovio – press release
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