Angry Birds movie confirmed for 2016 release

Despicable Me and Iron Man producers sign on

Rovio has announced plans to release an Angry Birds feature film in the summer of 2016.

Despicable Me producer John Cohen has signed on as producer for the 3D CG-animated movie, while David Maisel, former chairman of Marvel Studios and executive producer of Iron Man, will serve as executive producer.

The movie will be produced and financed by Rovio outside of the studio system, allowing the Finnish company to retain full creative control of the project.

"John's an exceptionally talented producer, and we're delighted to have him join the flock," said Rovio CEO Mikael Hed.

"With John's hands-on producer background and Davids 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."

More than 100 billion Angry Birds games have been downloaded since the series debuted in 2009.