‘Angry Birds’ Movie Gets ‘Simpsons’ & ‘King of the Hill’ Screenwriter

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Angry Birds Angry Birds Movie Gets Simpsons & King of the Hill Screenwriter

Angry Birds probably isn’t the first to spring to mind when thinking about possible video game movie adaptations. Addictive and fun though it may be, Angry Birds features only marginally more plot and character development than Pacman – in fact, much of the appeal lies on the joyous simplicity of the game’s mechanics.

Perhaps the fact that Angry Birds doesn’t already have an ongoing story arc makes it all the more appealing to movie producers, since an Angry Birds big screen adaptation would more or less have free rein to build its own characters and story around the central conceit of birds vs. pigs.

Then again, the fact that the Angry Birds series has had over 1.7 billion downloads across all platforms since the release of the original game – and the small fact that total revenue from the franchise doubled from 2011 to 2012 – probably had something to do with it as well.

The Angry Birds movie, which is being produced and financed by the game’s studio, Rovio Entertainment, has now been acquired by Sony Pictures for exclusive worldwide distribution in 2016, and veteran animated movie producer John Cohen was brought aboard to produce the film earlier this year. SlashFilm now reports that Cohen has chosen Jon Vitti, whom he describes as “one of the funniest writers I know,” to pen the screenplay for Angry Birds, and LucasFilm Animation’s Catherine Winder is also set to co-produce with Cohen and executive producer David Maisel.

The Simpsons Lisas Substitute Angry Birds Movie Gets Simpsons & King of the Hill Screenwriter

Vitti was part of the production and writing team for The Simpsons for many years, working as a story editor on the first few seasons and writing a couple of dozen episodes that include classics like “Bart the Genius,” “Cape Feare” and “Lisa’s Substitute.” He was also one of the screenwriters for The Simpsons Movie, and worked as both a producer and writer on other TV shows like King of the Hill and The Office.

Unfortunately, his most recent feature writing credits – which also mark his first attempt at adapting an existing successful series – are Alvin and the Chipmunks and Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, which means that it’s advisable to keep a wary eye on his latest family movie project.

Does Vitti’s involvement mean that Spider-Pig will join the cast of Angry Birds as the primary antagonist? Probably not, but we can dream.


Angry Birds will be launched into theaters on July 1, 2016.

Source: SlashFilm

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    The film “Wreck-It Ralph was built around a video game word, including pac-man among others,, and it worked. It is currently getting a sequel.”

    If the writer(s)? has something good up there sleeves, the masses will go crazy.

  2. Hey Spider-Pig could be the main bad piggie 😀

  3. Cool, now I have an answer for when people ask me if Hollywood has run out of movie idea’s. :)

  4. Every game-made-movie ends up turning out really bad. That’s why I’m glad they didn’t actually end up making Legend of Zelda into a movie. Though if it’s animated and funny like the cartoon shorts, then it may be a success…guess we’ll see in three years.

    • Maybe that’s the beauty of Angry Birds, due to the fact that Zelda has a lot of different stories to tell and high expectations from fans, and Angry Birds is just a premise with an ensemble of characters. The problem is, it’s Angry Birds and the first impression is “Oh god, an Angry Birds movie…”

  5. This is completely moronic and stupid. You’re making a movie based on a game where you throw birds at pigs. Although I can’t deny that the franchise is successful, I hardly know anyone who still plays the game. Even little kids, Angry Birds (IMO) died out as fast as it came in. It was just a ‘fad’. It served it’s purpose and should now go on it’s merry way to that long, nostalgic list of ‘hey, you ‘member that?’. By the time 2016 rolls around I highly doubt many people, if any, will care anymore.

    • Well obviously, Rovio will attempt to make angry Birds relevant by releasing several new angry Birds games prior to the film release.

      Weren’t Star Wars Angry Birds and Bad Piggies two of the most downloaded games of last year anyway?

      • Like I said, there’s no denying it’s success. But honestly, most people I know would download the game, play it for maybe a week or two and then never play it again or will just end up deleting it. Just because it’s the most downloaded app doesn’t really mean all that much. Like if a movie’s the number one movie in America or the world, that barely means anything. Those titles are based off of money, financial success, not by how enjoyed it is