Next year, Sony Pictures Animation is bringing one of the most popular mobile video games to life with the animated adaptation Angry Birds. Back in June, we got our first look at one of these Angry Birds, Bomb, voiced by Danny McBride, in a new poster. Today we have three new photos that feature a number of these birds in action. The photos come from Entertainment Weekly, who spoke with director Clay Kaytis and producer John Cohen (Despicable Me) about bringing this beloved franchise to life.
The Rovio video game has been downloaded a massive 3 billion times since it launched in 2009, where users shoot a variety of different birds from a huge slingshot, into various structures that house green pigs, known as the Oinks, who have stolen these birds' eggs. Unfortunately, the game is short on back story, and all we know from playing the game is that these birds want their eggs back, and will crash into anything to make that happen. Producer John Cohen revealed that this adaptation will provide a long-awaited origin story, revealing how this rivalry between the birds and the pigs really started.
"The question Rovio gets more than anything is 'Why are these birds so angry?' This is the origin story for how that conflict came to exist between birds and little green piggies."
Back in October, Sony announced the full voice cast for Angry Birds, featuring Jason Sudeikis as Red, Josh Gad as Chuck, and Danny McBride portrays the volatile Bomb, Bill Hader as the pig leader Leonard, Maya Rudolph as Matilda, and Peter Dinklage as the legendary Mighty Eagle. Red is just one of many characters on an all-bird island, but unlike most of the birds, he gets angry at almost anything. Here's what director Clay Kaytis had to say about why Jason Sudeikis was perfect to voice Red.
"He's a curmudgeon. We knew we had to find an actor who could say these things and still be charming, and that was Jason."
The story centers on Red, Chuck and Bomb, who fight back when Leonard and his fellow pigs start raiding these birds' nests. The supporting cast includes Keegan Michael Key, Kate McKinnon, Tony Hale, Ike Barinholtz, Hannibal Buress, Cristela Alonzo, Jillian Bell, Danielle Brooks, Grammy nominee and Latin music sensation Romeo Santos, and YouTube stars Smosh (Ian Andrew Hecox and Anthony Padilla). Fergal Reilly, who co-directs the animated movie alongside Clay Kaytis, had this to say about working on a project attached to a huge brand.
"It's an advantage that we have such a huge brand. A lot of iconic movies come from branded entertainment. But you have to quickly forget about that when you're working on the movie because you still have to, you know, make a movie."
Angry Birds hits theaters on May 20, 2016, going up against Universal's Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising and Warner Bros.' The Nice Guys. With the release of these new photos, the first trailer may be right around the corner, so stay tuned for that. Until then, take a look at some of the birds and pigs that will do battle when Angry Birds hits theaters this summer.