Columbia Pictures and Rovio Entertainment are moving forward on The Angry Birds Movie sequel, targeting a September 20, 2019 theatrical release date for the animated sequel. The Angry Birds Movie 2 will open in theaters timed to coincide with the addictive Angry Birds game’s 10th anniversary. Adventure Time‘s Thurop Van Orman is on board to direct and King of the Hill‘s John Rice is co-directing. Rice was at the helm of the Angry Birds Hatchlings shorts and was the lead storyboard artist on the first Angry Birds film.
The Angry Birds Movie premiered on May 20, 2016 and debuted to a $38 million domestic opening weekend. The animated comedy went on to gross $349 million worldwide before exiting theaters. The sequel will be produced by John Cohen and The Americans‘ Peter Ackerman is penning the script. According to Columbia Pictures, Francesca Natale is returning as the character art director, Pete Oswald is back as the production designer, and Sony Pictures Imageworks will be handling the animation.
“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,” stated Kati Levoranta, CEO of Rovio Entertainment. “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.”
“The Angry Birds Movie took the world by storm last year, creating a whole new legion of fans worldwide,” added Sanford Panitch, president of Columbia Pictures. “We had an incredible experience working with our friends and creative partners at Rovio, and now we – including our team at Sony Pictures Imageworks – are ready to launch into this next adventure.”
The Plot of the Original Angry Birds Movie: The movie takes us to an island populated entirely by happy, flightless birds – or almost entirely. In this paradise, Red (Jason Sudeikis), a bird with a temper problem, speedy Chuck (Josh Gad), and the volatile Bomb (Danny McBride) have always been outsiders. But when the island is visited by mysterious green piggies, it’s up to these unlikely outcasts to figure out what the pigs are up to.