Since its launch in 2009 Angry Birds has been downloaded 250 million times. The birds and their pig enemies have seen life as iPhone and iPad cases, plush toys, sandals and recently starred in their own board game. Apparently that’s not enough for developer Rovio — they plan on taking Angry Birds to Hollywood!
Before Marvel was bought up by Disney a man named David Maisel was hard at work getting Marvel Studios off the ground so the comics publishers could put together their first in-house feature films — Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk. Rovio has now reached out to Maisel with hopes of becoming “the next Pixar.”
“People are interacting with these characters six inches from them each time they play, and that creates an emotional connection,” Maisel told Variety. “This is not an American thing. It’s not even a Finnish thing. It’s a global thing that’s something I’ve never seen before. It will be exciting to expand (this intellectual property) within Hollywood.”
Rovio isn’t wasting any time finding animation talent ready for a motion picture. They recently purchased an animation studio, Kombo, who’s already working on short films that will lead to the eventual Angry Birds feature film. The company clearly wants to establish itself as more than an indie game developer and it looks like they are well on their way.
What do you think? Is the world ready for an Angry Birds feature film? The game doesn’t really offer much as far as a story goes. Is “the next Pixar” aiming a little too high? Hit the comments below and let us know!