Angry Birds fans will have to wait another three to four years before Rovio releases a movie as it has decided to produce the movie in-house.
According to an article on The Telegraph (opens in new tab), the company, which recently received $42 million in funding, acquired a Finland based animation studio, fueling rumors about an Angry Birds movie.
The company has long been rumored to be in talks with big Hollywood studios like Fox, with which it had partnered on an Angry Birds version of its Rio movie.
“We haven’t made any announcements yet. But you can put one and one together - if you look at the fact we bought an animation studio last week and we’re basically beefing up our capabilities in the animation area – you can see we are making a lot of this [the movie] ourselves,” Rovio’s chief marketing officer, Peter Vesterbacka told The Telegraph.
Rovio has been claiming that it aspires to be more than just a gaming studio and has plans to spin out as an all-out entertainment franchise like Disney.
“Making a movie is just one part of our game plan. We are here to make Angry Birds a permanent part of pop culture – like Mickey Mouse or Mario - and if making a movie helps with that then that’s great. But it’s not like making a move is our ultimate goal,” said Vesterbacka.