Friday, July 15, 2011

An Angry Birds Movie. Why the Hell Not?

I mean they're making movies out of board games, carnival rides, and icky toys from the 70s. Why not a video game that has no story beyond "pigs steal eggs, birds kill themselves trying to take them back?"

It is insanely popular, though, which sort of makes the movie adaptation inevitable.

Variety confirmed recently that an Angry Birds movie is on the way:
Development on an "Angry Birds" movie is taking flight now that Rovio has tapped former Marvel Studios chairman David Maisel as a special adviser to the company behind the blockbuster mobile game.

Maisel was instrumental in turning Marvel's film division into a standalone shingle, securing $525 million in credit for the company in 2005 to develop and finance its own slate of pics, beginning with "Iron Man" and "The Incredible Hulk." He also facilitated the talks that resulted in Marvel's $4 billion sale to Disney.
This guy Maisel packs some serious firepower, so this thing will happen. Just color me skeptical that there's a story worth putting on the big screen to be derived from Angry Birds.

And given Maisel's track record with Marvel, does that mean we can expect to see Angry Birds Origins: Black Bird in a couple of years? God, I hope so.

Or maybe more movies based on puzzle games with no stories: Tetris, Bejeweled, and Peggle.

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UPDATE: It's already happening! Space Invaders is heading to the big screen.


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