Well, what do you know, looks like everyone's favorite smartphone game, Angry Birds, is heading to Hollywood after all.
You're most likely aware of this famous birds-and-pigs entertainment franchise that has become a cultural phenomenon and turned Finnish developer Rovio Mobile into one of the hottest creative properties around.
On Friday, Rovio surprised fans with a tweet announcing Angry Birds Rio, a cooperation between 20th Century Fox and Helsinki-based developers:
Rovio and Twentieth Century Fox present: Angry Birds Rio - coming to app stores everywhere in March!
The game, already in development for months, is a spin-off of Angry Birds and will pack in 45 brand new levels featuring physics-based demolition challenges and unique twists tied nicely into "Rio", the upcoming motion picture from the studio that brought you "Ice Age," scheduled for the summer release in theaters.
Rovio insists Angry Birds Rio will be another great Angry Birds game, not a movie game disaster. The game will be released on smartphones and tablets and will feature regular updates that will bring new content in the future. Note that Angry Birds Rio is not yet a rumored Angry Birds movie you've been waiting for or an animated series Rovio confirmed it has been working on.
Angry Birds was downloaded over 50 million times on various smartphone platforms in 2010, Rovio said. The game has recently become available on Windows and Mac desktops as well. Check out the official game trailer accompanying the announcement and dare telling me you won't be playing Angry Birds Rio as soon as it comes out.
A feature animated movie, "Rio" follows the story of Blu, a domesticated macaw from small-town Minnesota who embarks on an adventure to Rio de Janeiro with Jewel, the fiercely independent bird of his dreams. Based on a screenplay by Don Rhymer and directed by Carlos Saldanha, Rio employs the voice talents of Will i Am, Jammie Foxx, Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg and others. Check out the official movie theatrical trailer right below.