Despicable Me producer joins Angry Birds film

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Rovio has announced that a 3D Angry Birds film will launch itself into cinemas in the summer of 2016.

Despicable Me producer John Cohen has signed on as producer with former Marvel Studios chairman (and executive producer of Iron Man) David Maisel serving as executive producer.

Rovio Entertainment has decided to self-finance the film outside of the studio system in a bid to retain creative control of the firm's first foray into cinema.

The company should have no concerns around there being an audience for the film as this year saw Angry Birds hit the one billion downloads mark.