Duck for cover, little piggies, because "Angry Birds" are coming for you.
The ridiculously popular mobile phone game from Finland is getting the big screen treatment it so richly deserves. Actually, the project has been in the works for a couple of years -- back before everyone was Candy Crushing -- but it's only just now getting directors and a tentative release date. Jon Vitti was hired to write the script earlier this spring, and now Fergal Reilly and Clay Kaytis have been tapped to direct.
Reilly has extensive credentials as a storyboard artist on films like "Hotel Transylvania," "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs," and "Spider-Man 2," but this will be his first directing gig. Kaytis has worked as an animator on the upcoming Disney film "Frozen" and "Wreck-It Ralph" and as animation supervisor on "Tangled." This will also be his first foray into directing.
For those who can't get enough of those cranky birds and the pigs who taunt them, there's plenty of stuff to fill your time with until the movie comes out on July 1, 2016. You can watch the animated series, play "Bad Piggies" and a multitude of other "Angry Birds" offshoots, or squeeze your lovable little stuffed "Angry Birds" toys. There are also tons of things on Etsy to quell your hunger for all things angry and bird-like, or if you're feeling super fly, you can rock an "Angry Birds" gown like the wife of one Rovio exec did for an event at the Finnish Presidential Palace. You go,Teija Vesterbacka! Don't let anyone clip your fashion wings.