The Angry Birds franchise is set to expand once again with the summer 2016 release of its first ever motion picture, Rovio has announced.

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

"John's an exceptionally talented producer, and we're delighted to have him join the flock," said Mikael Hed, CEO of Rovio Entertainment. "With John's hands-on producer background and David's expertise in establishing and running his own successful studio, these two are the dream team for making a movie outside the studio system. Both professionals have the ideal skills and vision to achieve incredible things."

"I'm so excited and honoured to be working on this film with Mikael, David, and Rovio's incredibly talented game developers and artists," said Cohen. "From both an entertainment and strategic perspective, Rovio is at the forefront of game innovation and is trailblazing terrific new ways for Angry Birds fans to interact with these characters. I've personally spent countless hours playing the Angry Birds games over the last few years, which I can now happily justify as research for the movie."

Rovio has opted not to approach a studio and will retain full creative control of the project.

Source: Press release