Ever since the Angry Birds release last year, the game has grown to become the favorite of virtually everyone with an iDevice. The game is simple, addictive and every now and then releases a new set of 15 levels for free, as part of a software update. The basic idea is to hurl a bird at blocks of glass, stone and wood in order to kill the evil green pigs that stole the birds’ eggs. I’m a huge fan, and get a little giddy every time I see a new update is available. However, this bit of news is saddening to me; the developers are looking to make a movie out of the brand. I’m a bit of a movie snob, and generally ignore the temptation to watch the latest blockbuster, unless it’s genuinely unique. I much prefer the independent side of the movie business, art films that don’t make it to major theaters, ones with really deep characters. Not all guns blazing, patronizing, shallow films that everyone in the world seems to flock to see.
So, back to Angry Birds. The game has sold over 6.5 million copies of the iPhone/iPod Touch paid version. It’s also sold 200,000 copies of Angry Birds HD for iPad, and 11 million of the free version for iPhone. This success, according to an article on Variety, has led the the Finnish creators of the game to contact people in the movie business, looking to expand in to the movie world. I could beg and plead with them not to do it, but I fear the potential lure of cash would make them deaf to any sensible objection. Games have made it in to films in the past, but, not from the mobile world. The Mario Brothers movie comes to mind, Doom, and Prince of Persia more recently. All awful (in my opinion). For any of you planning on seeing it if its released here’s a quick breakdown of how the story will play out:
1. Introduction to the Angry Birds’ world, and the main characters.
2. Green pigs will steal some eggs.
3. Angry Birds group goes on a mission to save eggs.
4. All is going well until 20 minutes before the end, they all get stuck in a seemingly unescapable trap. (Possibly a romantic relationship happening somewhere to keep it interesting. Does a bird fall for a female pig?)
5. Angry Birds are victorious, and return home as heroes. (Main hero gets the girl too..)
If you watch enough movies, you know that pretty much every film runs this way, so just replace the characters of a bog-standard movie with Angry Birds faces and you’re there.
In other Angry Birds news: The brand is also looking to expand across other mobile platforms, BlackBerry and Android should have a version available soon. The developers are also looking to spread in to the games console market, Nintendo DS has been mentioned as has PS3. Personally I’d love to see Angry Birds on my TV screen, so the sooner they release it for consoles, the better.