Despicable Me’s John Cohen to produce Angry Birds movie

11 Dec 2012

A still for the Angry Birds Star Wars video game

Despicable Me producer John Cohen has been catapulted into the role of producer for the upcoming Angry Birds movie.

Angry Birds creator Rovio Entertainment announced on the third anniversary of Angry Birds’ release today that Cohen has signed on as producer of the feature film based on the hugely popular video game.

Also on board the Angry Birds film is David Maisel, former chairman of Marvel Studios and executive producer of Iron Man, who will be executive producer of the film, scheduled for a summer 2016 release.

Rovio Entertainment will produce and finance the Angry Birds movie.

The upcoming film marks the company’s first foray into feature films, though Angry Birds has already spawned additional games, books, plush toys and other consumer products.

Since its debut in 2009, the Angry Birds game has been downloaded more than 1bn times across platforms and versions, Rovio said.

Tina Costanza was a journalist and sub-editor at Silicon Republic