Animation veterans to direct Angry Birds movie

The Angry Birds movie has moved a step closer to the screen, with Rovio Entertainment announcing today that animation veterans Fergal Reilly and Clay Kaytis are set to direct the movie adaptation of the hit mobile game.

The duo will make their directorial debuts with Angry Birds, but have extensive experience in the field of animation, with Reilly serving as a storyboard artist on the likes of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Hotel Transylvania and the upcoming Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, and Kaytis having spent 19 years as an animator at Disney, earning credits on the likes of Bolt, Tangled, Wreck-It Ralph and Frozen.

“I’m very excited that Fergal and Clay have joined us, bringing with them their vast expertise,” said Rovio CEO Mikael Hed. “They are two of the brightest rising talents in animation, and I’m confident we are building the right team to tell the story of Angry Birds and deliver an amazing movie experience to our fans.”

Angry Birds has been written by Jon Vitti (The Simpsons) and will look to capitalise on the success of the video game series, as well as the weekly Angry Birds Toons animated series, which has amassed over a billion views in just seventh months.