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Angry Birds film moves forward, set for release in 2016

Rovio Entertainment has confirmed that an Angry Birds film will be created, and that Despicable Me producer John Cohen will helm the upcoming movie.

David Maisel, former chairman of Marvel Studios and executive producer of Iron Man, will executive produce and Rovio will produce and finance the movie outside the studio system. It will retain "full creative control" while creating "innovative entertainment at the highest level of quality."

“John’s an exceptionally talented producer, and we’re delighted to have him join the flock,” said Mikael Hed, CEO of Rovio Entertainment. “With John’s hands-on producer background and David´s expertise in establishing and running his own successful studio, these two are the dream team for making a movie outside the studio system.

"Both professionals have the ideal skills and vision to achieve incredible things.”

Cohen was also responsible for production at Twentieth Century Fox Animation where he worked closely on films such as Ice Age, Robots, Ice Age: The Meltdown and Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who.

The film is slated for release in 2016.

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