Sony Pictures has set a release date for The Angry Birds Movie 2, a new animated film based on the popular videogame series by Rovio Entertainment. The new film will premiere on September 20, 2019, coinciding with the 10th anniversary of the series. With this announcement, Sony Pictures reinforces its current strategy to expand its business through multiple videogame adaptations, including Uncharted and a Resident Evil reboot.
The Angry Birds Movie 2 will be a sequel to last years’ Angry Birds Movie, which grossed $350 million worldwide. Thurop Van Orman is set to direct this new film, whose credits include episodes from The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack and Adventure Time. John Rice (King of the Hill, Rick and Morty) will co-direct after having worked as a lead storyboard artist on the previous film and directing the Angry Birds Hatchlings shorts. John Cohen repeats as a producer in the sequel, while Peter Ackerman, from the acclaimed TV show The Americans, will write the script.
There is still no word on whether Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad and Danny McBride will reprise their roles as Red, Chuck, and Bomb, three inhabitants of the island where the title characters live, but the title suggest that the sequel will try to retain as much connection with the original as possible.
Kati Levoranta, CEO of Rovio Entertainment said in a statement: “We are thrilled to be teaming up again with Sony Pictures after the fantastic cooperation in the first movie and I can’t wait to experience the new journey in the upcoming film. Rovio is continuing to focus on creating exciting new stories and experiences around our games and we’re eager to take fans back into the vibrant Angry Birds world on the big screen.”
Angry Birds have gone to become a multimedia franchise the includes multiple videogame sequels and spin offs, animated TV shows and now it’s own animated series of films. The videogames have reached 3 billion downloads collectively, making it the most popular freemium videogames in the industry.