The Angry Birds movie is still set to crash into the home of a green pig near you, and it needs two whole directors to make that happen. And we thought the Rovio game was a one-person affair.
Rovio Entertainment has now announced that the wholly inevitable production (which will also be in 3D, of course) will be directed by Fergal Reilly and Clay Kaytis. While the film will mark the directorial debuts of both Reilly and Kaytis, the pair are reportedly “animation veterans,” and they’ve got some fun credits to prove it. Kaytis’ work (often as an animation supervisor or an actual animator) includes Tangled, Tangled Ever After, Wreck-It Ralph, Bolt, Frozen, and the beloved short Paperman. Reilly’s career started with storyboard artistry, and he’s worked on films like Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2, Hotel Transylvania, Spider-Man 2, and The Iron Giant. For as silly as Angry Birds sounds, its directors certainly have solid, varied resumes packed with a ton of animation experience.
The Rovio team seems similarly excited, as Rovio Entertainment CEO Mikael Hed commented on the news, “I’m very excited that Fergal and Clay have joined us, bringing with them their vast expertise. They are two of the brightest rising talents in animation, and I’m confident we are building the right team to tell the story of Angry Birds and deliver an amazing movie experience to our fans.”
The Angry Birds movie is set to slam into theaters, upending just about everything, on July 1, 2016. Legitimate query – do you think that people will still care about Angry Birds in three years? That’s like if there was a Farmville movie due to hit the big screen next summer.
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