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‘Flapjack’ Creator Thurop Van Orman To Direct ‘Angry Birds 2’

The animation sequel onslaught of 2019 continues with the announcement that Finnish game maker Rovio will release Angry Birds 2 on September 20, 2019 through Sony Pictures.

Nearly all of the American majors will focus their efforts on sequels that year, with the current release slate set to include Lego Movie 2, How To Train Your Dragon 3, The Secret Life of Pets 2, Spongebob Squarepants 3, Frozen 2, and Toy Story 4.

Rovio has tapped Thurop Van Orman, creator of the Cartoon Network series The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack, to make his feature directorial debut. Since Flapjack, Van Orman has served in a producing capacity on Dreamworks’ Home: Adventures with Tip & Oh, Nick’s Sanjay and Craig, and CN’s Adventure Time.

John Rice will join Van Orman as co-director; Rice was lead storyboard artist on the first Angry Birds feature and has directed a series of Angry Birds Hatchlings shorts. Peter Ackerman (Ice Age, FX’s The Americans) is writing the screenplay.

Some of the key figures who will return from the first feature are producer John Cohen, production designer Pete Oswald, and character art director Francesca Natale. The animation will once again be handled again by Sony Pictures Imageworks, with collaboration from Sony Pictures Animation.

While Columbia/Sony will handle distribution, it’s not yet clear how the sequel will be positioned within the studio. The first film was not considered a Sony Pictures Animation film due to its creative and financing structure being handled by Rovio. It should be noted, however, that the late September release date is a slot preferred by Sony Pictures Animation and has been used to launch its internal franchises like Hotel Transylvania and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.

The original Angry Birds Movie, released last year, grossed $349.8 million worldwide on a final budget of $73 million. Its domestic gross of $107.5M made it the second-highest-grossing game-based movie of all-time in the United States, behind only 2001’s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.

  • Mark Walton

    Thurop and Johnny are awesome. I have high hopes for this film!

  • This should be interesting. Flapjack was certainly an oddball show for
    CN. Makes me wonder if Orman will make Angry Birds more stylized.

  • Hopefully Thurop can improve on the story for Angry Birds (wasn’t thrilled with the storytelling – but the animation was really impressive).

  • Dave 52

    While I did think the first film was okay, I wish the entire movie was more so like the third act where it embraced how odd it’s concept was and just had fun with it. I feel the movie would have benefited more from just going nuts from the start. I do appreciate what the original directors and writer were trying to do by building it up to the big battle but I felt that up until that point the film was trying to hold back from going completely zany while having little outburst of wacky moments here and there.

    However, with Thurop and John on board as the directors, as well as both their backgrounds working on shows that embrace surrealism, I think they can deliver a film that has the same level of fun as the third act of the original film while also just having fun with the ridiculousness of the concept and pushing the somewhat absurdist idea of Angry Birds. They are kind of the perfect match for a project like this. If the studio gives the duo full creative control this could be as straight up comically absurd and clever as something like Flapjack which I think could suit Angry Birds perfectly seeing as how, like I’ve said before, is already pretty absurd. Also, seeing as how the first film already set up the conflict between the birds and pigs, they can now jump straight into the insanity and just go bonkers with it. This could be the equivalent of an off the wall Looney Tunes cartoon if it wanted to be. Anyways, I have faith in Thurop and John as the new directors and I hope they can make a wholly good and fun sequel to what is an okay film with a very fun third act.

  • Andrew Kieswetter

    I have only one thing to say: When’s Zootopia 2 coming out,Disney?

  • KW

    My god, it never ends. I dont know how many more sequels I can take before I snap and move to the Canadian wilderness just so I dont have to hear about another one.

  • J.S

    Thurop is truly a genius. He also voiced Gideon Gleeful in Gravity Falls