Hide the pigs, Angry Birds movie is really happening

Save the date. Rovio's Angry Birds movie is gathering producers and aiming for a summer 2016 release date.

Angry Birds
Who will voice Red Bird? I nominate Ian McKellen. Rovio

Rumors of an Angry Birds movie have been flying about like Red Birds in the digital sky. Now we finally have some more concrete details on the film, which is expected to come out in the middle of 2016.

No surprise, the film will be a 3D CG-animated production. There goes my dream of seeing Robert DeNiro playing a live-action Mighty Eagle with Lily Tomlin as Pink Bird.

"Despicable Me" producer John Cohen is onboard to help shepherd the Angry Birds movie from a glimmer in Rovio's eye to a (hoped for) blockbuster. Cohen is also the man responsible for unleashing the 2007 Alvin and the Chipmunks movie on an unsuspecting world.

David Maisel, former chairman of Marvel Studios, is involved as executive producer. He has titles like "Iron Man" and "Thor" under his belt.

Let's put this all together. If the producers stay true to form, then we should get an animated film featuring wealthy playboy alien superhero birds battling melodious rodent-pigs. I suggest titling it "Angry Birds: Death from Above." I might actually pay to see that.

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