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Angry Birds movie headed to cinemas in 2016

Story by Jack Foley

SONY has announced plans to bring Angry Birds to the big screen.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio has landed the world-wide distribution rights to an animated film based on Rovio Entertainment’s video game sensation, which has been downloaded 1.7 billion times.

The film will be shot in 3D and has been given a US release date of July 1, 2016.

Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, said in a statement: “Every studio in town would love to add Angry Birds to their slate… We’re thrilled to be distributing this film and we hope this is just the beginning of what will be a long relationship with Rovio as we look for ways to work on future projects together.”

Mikael Hed, CEO of the Finland-based Rovio, added in a separate statement: “Sony impressed us with their great attitude, determination, and professionalism. They convinced us that we have found the right partners and team to help us market and distribute our first motion picture.”

As yet, there is no word on voice talent or director.

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