Monday, May 22, 2017
Relaunch: 'Angry Birds' Sequel Lands Director
With the movie due out in two years, The Angry Birds Movie sequel is being oiled up to run.
The project now has a director. Clay Kaytis and Fergal Reilly aren't returning, instead the picture will be directed by Thurop Van Orman.
This will be his feature-length directorial debut. Van Orman, if you're familiar with Cartoon Network, probably needs no introduction. He created their 2008 series The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack, a fun, surrealist, sadly short-lived series that probably ended because of CN's decision to switch from cartoon-airing to showing reality TV-lite shows in 2010. (Which backfired epically.) He even voiced Flapjack. Prior to creating Flapjack, he worked on other Cartoon Network shows like The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy and Camp Lazlo. Recently, he has been working on DreamWorks' Home Netflix series. Outside of TV animation, he did some concept art for The Little Prince.
A very interesting choice of director, I'd say. Kaytis and Reilly arguably brought a fun cartoony energy to the first movie, regardless of whether the movie ended up being good or not. I hope that somehow Van Orman gets to do his own thing and gets to make a fun, surreal comedy romp like no other. His co-director will be John Rice, lead storyboard artist on the first movie. Peter Ackerman, writer of Ice Age uno and tre, will handle the script. Van Orman has tried to get other feature-length projects off the ground in the past, so maybe this will be his ticket to getting those going. Though this was one of those projects that I could just take or leave, Van Orman directing makes me raise my eyebrow a bit.
I think the sequel actually has the potential to be better than the first one anyways, now that they don't have to come up with some origin story on why the birds are angry. Just deliver a 90-minute cartoon with fun, likable characters, some panache, and I'm set. The film is keeping its September 20, 2019 release date, regardless of the fact that DreamWorks' Everest is set to open a week after that.
What say you?