Rovio Entertainment, the creators of Angry Birds, has chosen Sony Pictures Imageworks in Vancouver as its primary animation house for production of the Angry Birds movie. John Cohen and Catherine Winder are producing the movie alongside executive producers Mikael Hed and David Maisel.
The Angry Birds movie is set for a July 1, 2016 release and will be distributed worldwide by Sony Pictures. Premier of British Columbia Christy Clark said:
“Angry Birds is a worldwide phenomenon, and its creators want its movie adaptation done right. And to do it right, Rovio and Sony Pictures Imageworks have shown their faith in Vancouver – and that will lead to more opportunities and more jobs.”
Sony Pictures Imageworks was established in the Yaletown area in 2010 and they have since assembled an enormous amount of computer animation and effects talent at its studio in Vancouver. Randy Lake, executive vice president and general manager of Digital Production Services, said:
“The Angry Birds movie will allow Sony Pictures Imageworks to employ more artists in Vancouver on a single film than we’ve had on any of our previous CG features. British Columbia is rich with animation and effects talent, and we look forward to further enhancing the production staff in our Vancouver facility.”
CEO of Rovio Entertainment, Mikael Hed, said:
“It was very important for Rovio to find the perfect partner – in style, talent and location – to bring the Angry Birds movie to life, and Sony Pictures Imageworks in Vancouver made that decision easy.”
Cohen and Winder added the team searched the word for the best animation facility and they felt the talent at Sony Pictures Imageworks was the best.
Angry Birds is one of the world’s largest entertainment brands. Starting in 2009, the original mobile game remains constantly on the top charts on Apple’s App Store and the Google Play Store in over 150 countries.