Back in March, Vince popped a blood vessel when a video circulated depicting Michael Bay’s movie version of Angry Birds. Vinnie also pointed out that Roxio executives had already been in discussions last year to bring a popular iPhone app about catapulting birds to the big screen. And now it’s all come full circle because former Marvel Studios Chairman David Maisel says that these birds are going to fly.
“There has been so much chatter about an Angry Birds movie, but it’s now real, the process is starting now.”
The Iron Man producer has teamed up with games company Rovio in order to bring this slightly odd project to life.
“People are interacting with these characters six inches from them each time they play, and that creates an emotional connection…It’s a global thing that’s something I’ve never seen before. It will be exciting to expand [Angry Birds] within Hollywood.” (Via Total Film)
Maisel was picked, no joke, because Roxio CEO Mikael Hed originally wanted George Lucas to produce. But when it became certain that Lucas was unavailable, Hed settled for Maisel since “George Lucas was unavailable – David was really the best person we could have hoped to work with.” Also, if Lucas had signed on, every time a bird would go missing, he would say he had no clue where it went and then he’d hiccup a feather.
Look, I’ve played my fair share of Angry Birds and there hasn’t been a single time that I’ve pulled back the catapult band with one of the yellow birds and thought, “My God, this bird is about to give his life for me and I never even asked his name.” If someone has an emotional attachment to a little cartoon bird that doesn’t speak and kills itself within seconds, that person needs to see a therapist immediately. Otherwise, one of these freaks is going to start attacking aviaries and then – bird rape.