There have been rumblings that it would happen sooner or later, but now it's official. Rovio just recently revealed that they've hired "Despicable Me" producer John Cohen to produce an "Angry Birds" feature film. David Maisel, former Chairman of Marvel Studios and executive producer of "Iron Man", will act as executive producer.
Rovio Entertainment is planning to produce and finance the movie in-house, and expects the film will hit theaters by 2016.
"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."
Former VP of Production at Twentieth Century Fox Animation, Cohen is most recently known for his work on 2010's "Despicable Me" and 2011's "Hop". He has also worked closely with Blue Sky Studio on films such as "Ice Age", "Robots" and "Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who". Cohen also developed the reimagined "Alvin and the Chipmunks" in 2007.
"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."
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