Angry Birds head to big screen

Angry Birds are set to fly towards the big screen, after Sony Pictures Entertainment bought the rights to the movie.

The 3D animated comedy, featuring the popular creatures from the Rovio Entertainment gaming series, is expected to be released in summer 2016.

Sony Pictures co-chairmen Michael Lynton and Amy Pascal said: "Every studio in town would love to add Angry Birds to their slate. There are few titles out there that bring this kind of excitement, brand awareness and built-in audience to the table.

"We're thrilled to be distributing this film and we hope this is just the beginning of what will be a long relationship with Rovio as we look for ways to work on future projects together."

Rovio is funding the Angry Birds movie, which was previously announced in December, and already has Despicable Me producer John Cohen and former Marvel Studios chairman David Maisel, who was an executive producer of the Iron Man films, attached.

Angry Birds launched in 2009 as a mobile game, that remains the No 1 paid app of all time, and the different versions and spin-offs have been downloaded more than 1.7 billion times across all platforms.

The game's international success has since seen the launch of toy lines, soft drinks, an animated TV show and even a theme park.