For all the jokes you can make about Columbia Picture’s Angry Birds, it still performed well for a new movie franchise. So well in fact that the studio has only gone and announced a 2019 followup flick.
Scheduled for a September 20th 2019 release, the movie will coincide with the 10th anniversary of the franchise. Thurop Van Orman (The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack, Adventure Time) will head the movie up as its director – alongside John Rice. Rice was involved in the storyboarding for the original Angry Birds movie – so at least has some experience with the franchise.
The original film was something of a critical dud, landing well below expectations in terms of quality. Despite this, the movie pulled in an impressive $349.7 million at the Box Office – easily making a return on the $73 million production costs. With Sony Pictures at large struggling to make new hits – it becomes very clear why Columbia Pictures is so keen to get Angry Birds 2 into cinemas.
For Sony, the success of Angry Birds was a bright spot in a rather bleak year. The division made a $719 million loss – not surprising when you realise that most of its movies weren’t well received. The recently announced Venom (starring Tom Hardy) is an attempt to create its own cinematic universe away from Marvel’s shared continuity.
We’ll be interested to see where the sequel lands, for sure!
Are you excited for Angry Birds 2?