The Simpsons writer signs on for Angry Birds movie

Emmy-winning writer Jon Vitti, who penned "Mr. Plow" episode of <i>The Simpsons</i>, working on 2016 film based on Rovio's game.

Emmy-winning The Simpsons and King of the Hill writer and producer Jon Vitti will pen the screenplay for 2016's Angry Birds movie, Rovio Entertainment announced today.

Vitti is a comedy veteran. He won an Emmy Award for his contributions to King of the Hill and has written numerous episodes of The Simpsons, including "Mr. Plow." His credits also include Saturday Night Live, The Office, Da Ali G Show, and The Larry Sanders Show.

He also shared writing credit on full-length films like The Simpsons Movie and Alvin and the Chipmunks.

Joining Vitti and previously announced producers David Maisel (Iron Man) and John Cohen (Despicable Me) is Catherine Winder, Rovio also announced today. Winder was formerly VP of production at 20th Century Fox, where she oversaw production on the original Ice Age film.

"I'm very excited that Jon and Catherine have joined us, bringing with them their vast expertise," Rovio Entertainment CEO Mikael Hed said in a statement. "I'm confident we are building the right team to deliver an amazing movie experience to our fans."

The Angry Birds movie launches July 1, 2016. It will be distributed by Sony Pictures Entertainment. No information regarding a director, voice actors, or the film's plot have been divulged yet.

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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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152 comments
Plataea
Plataea

I've been waiting for a modern Citizen Kane - It looks like we're finally going to get it.

Dr_Corndog
Dr_Corndog

The question is, will anyone still care about Angry Birds by the time this comes out?

Iffy350
Iffy350

Followed shortly by angry birds star wars the movie

csward
csward

This should have never been attempted. What could it possibly be about? I'm guessing it's a childrens movie? It sounds worse than the Aqua Teen Hunger Force movie and at least that show had character development from the show to go off of.

Kemonojin
Kemonojin

I don't know what to think yet. I like Angry Birds, but the concept of a movie sounds far-fetched.

julzeverne
julzeverne

I'm waiting for the Pong movie myself.

laser00
laser00

I mean, why the f**k not...  -_-

so_hai
so_hai

Thought there'd be a Minecraft movie long before Angry Tirds.

laser00
laser00

Angry Birds movie > Wii U

banana23man
banana23man

This is a shitty idea, though I'm not too sure if it's as bad as Battleship. I mean, battleship the game has as much a story line as ninki minaj has talent, and hollywood still managed to squeeze something out of it. 

jessie82
jessie82

just wait for the tv series wether its animated or real brids with voice overs...

The__Kraken
The__Kraken

And why is there going to be an Angry Birds movie?

FernoFrY
FernoFrY

I don't quite understand all the hate here. Have you people seen some of the crap coming out of the CGI animated studios recently? I bet this will be better than some of Dreamworks more recent entries.

UrbanMessiah
UrbanMessiah

I was about to completely flip my shit about this, but then decided to let it pass and reserve my right to go ballistic when the inevitable Fruit Ninja movie gets released.


If they have to do a movie based on a damn touch pad game, why not Infinity Blade, for christ's sake?

The-Techspert
The-Techspert

Can anyone tell me why Angry Birds is so damn popular? It's not like the game was new or innovative in any way...

Also, a movie based on it would suck. I would actually root for it to fail, just because it's a stupid concept.

botroo3
botroo3

why are you guys surprised about this? The game sold half a BILLION copies... that's a big ass chunk of world's population, not to mention kids movies always makes a lot of money.

iomor27
iomor27

This doesn't sound good. I would give it a big D'OH!

wyan_
wyan_

ship my pants... right here? Ship my pants you're kidding...

davetbeau
davetbeau

"Kiss my asphalt" - Homer Simpson 

Xristophoros
Xristophoros

Who is going to give a shit about angry birds in 3 years when this releases? Even at present, who would want to see this?  Just because a large number of people kill time on their phones playing the games doesn't mean they have any interest in a big screen screen adaptation. This is a pitiful cash grab at its finest and should not exist. Hope it tanks. What's next? Cut the Rope? 

fredyellowone
fredyellowone

Angry bird movie?  WHAT THE HELL????????????????????????????????????

Don't expect me to go watch this.

CTBradums
CTBradums

Proof that anything that makes money or gets popular will be raped to death for more money/popularity.

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

umm have you actually watched an episode of the Simpsons lately?  Talk about jumping the shark after 2 decades....AB is screwed.

Kr0w1Nc4rNa73
Kr0w1Nc4rNa73

What a waste of fucking time. Good job, humanity. This is why the gaming industry sucks.

We can't get a decent Prince of Persia or Doom movie? No Assassin's Creed? No Halo? Mass Effect(I don't even like the series)?!

But we get Angry Birds. Kudos

travo0159
travo0159

@The__Kraken Don't you know? The story to angry birds is so compelling and dramatic that its easy to get a movie out of it, not to mention a TV series /sarcasm

Hurvl
Hurvl

@botroo3 Yeah, I'm quite astounded by how popular some kid's movies are. Many seem utterly meaningless, mediocre and boring. They're often also educative moral stories, which makes them even worse. I'm quite picky when it comes to movies, but I guess stressed parents aren't. They simply look at a movie and think "Family friendly? Great, an activity the whole family can spend together" and then don't think much about the quality of the movie. That movie then gets 3-5 tickets sold from the less-than-sceptic thoughts of one or two persons.

Lhomity
Lhomity

@Xristophoros Billion plus people have played Angry Birds. A lot of kids love it. Movie is likely to be aimed at kids. A lot of people who never played Angry Birds will see this too. Heck I've never played Angry Birds myself.

What is a cash grab anyway? Something successful or profitable that doesn't appeal specifically to you? =/

alvarokike
alvarokike

@XristophorosWho is going to give a shit about angry birds in 3 years when this releases?

One word: Kids

RedWave247
RedWave247

@Kr0w1Nc4rNa73 We did get a decent Prince of Persia movie. It wasn't fantastic, but it was one of the better video game adaptations.

LonelyHippie27
LonelyHippie27

@Kr0w1Nc4rNa73 They actually just released info on an AC movie. Michael Fassenbender is going to play Desmond. But I could give 2 fucks. Halo is what we all want and need

leimonides
leimonides

Movies for kids having some educational / moral lessons is not a bad thing at all. I'd rather have my children exposed to such stories every-so-often so that they have at least the base step to growing up a good person. Besides, how else do children learn anything now a days when parenting is out of style. Who actually exposes their kids to responsible behavior, the various ways of the world? Parents don't.

Xristophoros
Xristophoros

@Lhomity Well that is the irony in all this. I would ague that adults are more familiar with angry birds than kids are, seeing as how more adults have cell phones and tablets in their hands. 

This is a cash grab because they are capitalizing on a successful franchise that has no reason to be a movie. There is no story to speak of in Angry Birds. It was never intended to tell a story. It would serve no purpose but to make money. There is no artistic integrity in that whatsoever. Haven't they already profited enough on these games? If people continue to support these lazy, stupid movies, Hollywood  won't stop the trend. But I suppose you are okay with that though.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@leimonides It's not the fact that they include moral stories, it's that the moral stories themselves, the way they are told is so bad, like everything else in those movies. I'm not saying that every family friendly movie is like that or that every movie with moral lessons is like that, but some are just plain bad in everything - story, moral lessons, pacing, dialogue, you name it. Yet they are still successful for the reasons I mentioned above.

leimonides
leimonides

Actually, kids are just as familiar as adults on the series, the toys are everywhere. What do parents do when they need to keep their kids occupied for various reasons? On solution, especially if you are out and about is to give them a tablet to play games on, in the car, the store, waiting for a movie, any number of things. I know a few 3 year olds that know of angry birds very well. It's very much in the attention of kids.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@Xristophoros @Lhomity You can't kill an idea and this one has already been festering in the minds of money mad movie makers. It can't be stopped now, but we'll see just how successful this movie is. Many animated Pixar/Dreamworks movies have similar budgets to live-action blockbuster movies, so it might not profit too much if it costs 125 million dollars or more. I don't know if we should hope for a Battleship scenario.