Rovio and Sony

‘Angry Birds Movie’

Sorry if that sounds a little bit soiled, however that is the information. It was no secret that Columbia Pictures and Rovio Entertainment had been eager on a follow-up to final 12 months’s animated Angry Birds Movie. Said launch earned mixed-negative critiques however snagged $107.5 million home (the second-biggest online game film ever behind Tomb Raider‘s $131m home gross again in 2001) and $349.7m worldwide (the second-biggest online game film ever behind solely Warcraft‘s $433m world gross final summer time) on a $73m finances. And now what was presumed is official, as The Angry Birds Movie 2 (artistic title) will launch into theaters on Sept. 20, 2019.

The launch date is simply shy of the ten-year anniversary of the preliminary iOS online game, which debuted in December of 2009 to virtually instantaneous success to (arguably) develop into the primary blockbuster online game of the smartphone period. It has been downloaded three.7 billion instances over the past a number of years. The film was, relying on who you requested, both a metaphor for European colonists doing nice injustices to indigenous people or a xenophobic anti-immigration screed.

So sayeth Sony’s press launch, The Angry Birds Movie 2 will likely be directed by Thurop Van Orman (The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack and Adventure Time).  Van Orman just lately labored at Disney and Sony Pictures Animation.  The movie will likely be co-directed by John Rice (King of the Hill, Rick and Morty), who served as lead storyboard artist on The Angry Birds Movie and directed the favored Angry Birds Hatchlings shorts. Peter Ackerman (FX’s “The Americans,” Ice Age) is writing the screenplay.

This is a strong snag for what’s arguably a cash-in sequel, maybe the equal of Blumhouse getting Mike Flanagan for Ouija: Origin of Evil or New Line and pals getting David Sandberg for Annabelle: Creation. Sure, the respective first movies weren’t superb, however the concerned expertise presumably argues for a minimum of the potential for a superior follow-up (Origin of Evil was fairly good). Now Sony simply has to be careful for the previous Tomb Raider Trap. It’s doable that audiences, youngsters and adults, had been merely curious to see an animated Angry Birds film with out essentially craving a franchise. Moreover, for the reason that first movie wasn’t superb, you are going to have a once-bitten, twice shy state of affairs. 

One last item, the discharge date is not going to be within the coronary heart of the summer time season however reasonably in mid-September. That’s the place Sony Animation has discovered a lot success over the past decade or so with the likes of Open Season ($197 million worldwide in 2006) Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs ($243m in 2009), Hotel Transylvania ($358m in 2012), Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 ($274m in 2013) and Hotel Transylvania 2 ($473m in 2015). To be truthful, The Smurfs and The Smurfs 2 did good-to-great in August of 2011 ($563m) and 2013 ($347m) respectively. But, truthful or not, I are likely to affiliate Sony Animation with that mid-September begin date, and Sony clearly agrees. Hopefully, they may have higher luck than Warner Bros./Time Warner Inc. did with (the charming) Storks final 12 months.

So, come what could, The Angry Birds Movie 2 opens Sept. 20, 2019.

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