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OTRC: 'Angry Birds' movie, based on game, planned for 2016

A scene from the Google Chrome version of the Rovio Entertainment game 'Angry Birds.' (Rovio Entertainment)

A 3D CG-animated movie based on the mobile game "Angry Birds" is set to hit theaters in the summer of 2016, the program's developer says.

Rovio Entertainment, the Finnish company behind the game, announced the news in a statement obtained by OTRC.com on Tuesday, December 11. The day is the third anniversary of the program, which has been spun off into several versions, including a "Star Wars"-themed game, and has inspired books, apparel and other merchandise

"Angry Birds" has been downloaded more than 1 billion times since its 2009 release, Rovio said. In the most basic version, players use slingshots to fling heads of various angry-looking birds towards structures in a bid to destroy them and make the debris crush heads of pigs resting inside or topple those sitting on top.

David Maisel, former Chairman of Marvel Studios and executive producer of the 2008 blockbuster hit "Iron Man" will serve as the still-untitled movie's executive producer, while John Cohen, a producer of the 2010 animated film "Despicable Me," recently signed on to become a producer on the "Angry Birds" film, Rovio said.

"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," Rovio quoted Cohen as saying.

Maisel added: "John's experience, expertise, and passion are perfect for the 'Angry Birds' film and I look forward to working with him to create the best movie experience for all the fans.

"Angry Birds," which is also available as a computer game, appears to be the first mobile app set to be made into a movie. Video games that have been adapted into films include "Super Mario Bros," "Mortal Kombat," "Double Dragon," "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider," "Resident Evil," "Street Fighter" and "Prince of Persia."

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