19-year Disney vet co-directing Angry Birds movie

Clay Kaytis and Sony Pictures Animation artist Fergal Reilly directing upcoming movie based on mobile game.

The upcoming Angry Birds movie will be co-directed by a pair of animation veterans, Rovio Entertainment has announced.

19-year Walt Disney Animation Studios veteran Clay Kaytis and Sony Pictures Animation's Fergal Reilly have been tapped to adapt the popular mobile game for the big screen. Both men will make their directorial debut with Angry Birds.

At Disney, Kaytis served as animation supervisor on Tangled and its follow-up short, Tangled Ever After. He also oversaw the end credits sequence for Wreck-It Ralph and did animation work on that movie.

Kaytis also did animation work on the upcoming Disney movie Frozen as well as the Oscar-winning Pixar short Paperman.

As for Reilly, he joined Sony Pictures Animation in 2003 as a storyboard artist. His credits include Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2, and Hotel Transylvania. He also worked on the movies Spider-Man 2 and The Iron Giant.

"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," Rovio Entertainment CEO Mikael Hed said.

Kaytis and Reilly are not the only TV and film veterans working on the Angry Birds movie. The film's screenplay was written by prolific comedy writer and Emmy-winner Jon Vitti. He wrote for The Simpsons, Saturday Night Live, The Office, Da Ali G Show, and The Larry Sanders Show, among others. Notably, he wrote the 1992 "Mr. Plow" episode of The Simpsons.

The Angry Birds movie will be produced by John Cohen (Despicable Me) and Catherine Winder (Ice Age) and executive produced by David Maisel (Iron Man). The film is due in theaters on July 1, 2016, and will be distributed by Sony Pictures.

The latest Angry Birds game is Angry Birds Star Wars II, which was released in September. A kart racing game called Angry Birds Go is currently in development.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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58 comments
soulless4now
soulless4now

I actually liked all those movies, but it's Angry Birds still. The games don't have any substance to create a full fledged story. 

Eulices Nicot
Eulices Nicot

a game with absolutely no dialog and a simplistic as hell premise made into a 80-90 minutes movie? I have more faith for the minions movie, and that one also sounds like one hell of a stretch

Jarrod Buckard
Jarrod Buckard

God no.. why? Crappy animation for a boring ass game.

Ray Kingston
Ray Kingston

What are they doing it cause thier bored? Maybe the want to add some illuminati sybolism and some mind control in it.

Jacob Swoger
Jacob Swoger

How do they plan on making a movie off a 99 cent app that was never intended, or given enough narrative, to become a movie?

Rick Thatcher
Rick Thatcher

Well we got Pirates of the Caribbean out of a theme park ride, and that IS an impressive record for the animators involved here... I'm not terribly interested in the premise but they might be able to make it work.

Tyler Morrison
Tyler Morrison

That just sounds like a waste of time, sorry. lol

Mike Dio
Mike Dio

*yawn* such a boring premise

Tristan Rowell
Tristan Rowell

Goddamn, when will they let this cash grabber franchise finally die?

Paul Smith
Paul Smith

Slingshot bird into pigs, pigs die everyone is happy. Awesome, can't wait for this.

Antony Sharpe
Antony Sharpe

Angry birds is just one of those things you don't make into a movie

Josiah Grey
Josiah Grey

Because Angry Birds just screams movie

XIntoTheBlue
XIntoTheBlue

Man, the guys who made Angry Birds are quite lucky this game of theirs got popular. Kind of sad, really. The gameplay of Angry Birds isn't even a new idea. It's been around in one form or another in video games for a long time.

Zevvion
Zevvion

I saw Angry Birds themed cookies in the store the other day. I kinda don't get how that thing ever got so big. I mean, it was fun for about 30 minutes, but I just can't see how something like that goes to being almost like a culture thing today.

jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

Couldn't be worse then that Pacific rim movie, it was like power rangers and wrestling merged together but without the realism. 

banana23man
banana23man

After a movie based on battleship, there's not much left to shock me anymore. 

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

Coming soon, QWOP: The Motion Picture.

DMND
DMND

TETRIS: THE MOVIE would be an absolute BLOCKbuster. 

Ya feel me? I said "block" and then "buster"! Got it? Huh? Huh? 

Oh, ok...

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

This is not something that should be made.

blackothh
blackothh

im not even going to read the article, but how could somebody let this movie happen...........?

Hurvl
Hurvl

With this much talented and experienced people this movie simply can't fail, can it (yes it can)?

pyro1245
pyro1245

All these video game movies make me facepalm so hard i think i'm blind. This one especially.

AdderD
AdderD

Sad to see that a Flash game is actually getting its own movie.

Do we need a Cookie Clicker documentary, too?

MHzBurglar
MHzBurglar

@Grenadeh 

Actually, if they have a "training montage" for the runner, that could be interesting.

MHzBurglar
MHzBurglar

@DMND 

Nah, all I see are lines clearing at the box office.

MHzBurglar
MHzBurglar

@blackothh 

To the studio executive, it's a simple formula:

Cashcow property + new medium for said property + kids (who by nature have no sensibility) + parents' money = $$PROFIT$$

That said, this is a terrible idea and humanity is worse for its existence.

pyro1245
pyro1245

you hear me!? i'm going blind because of yer stupid money-makinf schemes!

Hurvl
Hurvl

@AdderD I want a movie about the "helpful" paper clip in Word. "It looks like you're trying to make a movie based on me, want help with that?"

Zevvion
Zevvion

@pyro1245 @Zevvion No. It's just a game. There isn't anything special about it. It's one of those games where word of mouth took off and therefor it's popular. It could have been any other game.