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“Angry Birds” Feature Will Be Produced at Sony Imageworks Vancouver

The Angry Birds feature film that was announced last October will be animated at Sony Pictures Imageworks in Vancouver, Canada. At least one of the film’s directors, Clay Kaytis, has confirmed on Twitter that he will move to Vancouver to direct the project.

Sony Imageworks’ Vancouver facility was established in 2010 in the city’s Yaletown district and has been growing as a result of British Columbia’s 17.5% tax credit on labor expenses for digital productions. Sony has been attempting to shift personnel from its main Imageworks facility in Los Angeles to Vancouver; last month they made an offer to approximately three dozen LA-based employees: move to Vancouver or lose your job. Also reported in a press release yesterday, the British Columbia Ministry of International Trade helped Rovio, the Finnish maker of Angry Birds, establish a Canadian studio, Rovio Animation, to qualify for tax credits.

“The Angry Birds movie will allow Sony Pictures Imageworks to employ more artists in Vancouver on a single film than we’ve had on any of our previous CG features,” said Randy Lake, Imageworks executive vice president and general manager, digital production services. “British Columbia is rich with animation and effects talent, and we look forward to further enhancing the production staff in our Vancouver facility.”

Angry Birds, directed by Clay Kaytis and Fergal Reilly, is slated for a July 1, 2016 release by Sony Pictures.

  • Googamp32

    And by the time the movie is finished, the Angry Birds fad will have died out!

    • Guest

      I thought it was already dead…

      • Chris Sobieniak

        Not if the Finns have a trump card up their sleeve, but yeah, it’s weird how these deals take a long time to develop at all.

      • jonhanson

        Everyone’s moved on to Flappy Bird.

    • Roberto Severino

      Candy Crush and Temple Run are all the rage now. I hardly even play Angry Birds.

  • HotKeys

    The qutoe should read “British Columbia is rich with animation subsidies and clueless canadian chumps… I mean tax payers, and we look forward to further enhancing the production staff in our Vancouver facility at their expense because eating sushi for lunch in culver city is more and more expensive these days.”

  • Guest

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  • Mister Twister

    First Battleship, now Angry Birds.

    What next? Tic-Tac-Toe??

    • Jacob

      The Lego Movie proved you can make an amazing movie out of a simple game/toy. I’m still a bit skeptical until I see at least a trailer, but I’m not counting it out just yet.

  • otterhead

    The Angry Birds franchise is far from dead. Angry Birds Star Wars is still very popular, the new Angry Birds Go! racing game is doing well, and they just announced a new female-targeted game coming soon. Plus there’s the animated series. I dunno if Angry Birds has enough steam to still be relevant in 2016, but no, it’s not dead yet.