‘Angry Birds Movie’ Flies to China in May

Rovio Animation’s “The Angry Birds Movie” is set to get a theatrical release in China on May 20. The slot gives it a day-and-date outing with the North American release, while several other international territories release it on May 12.

The May 20 date is also shared by the China releases of “The Divergent Series: Allegiant” and “Southpaw,” which was co-produced by China’s Wanda Pictures.

“Angry Birds” is considered as a quota import movie and will be released by state-owned distributors. It will be marketed and brought to the cinemas throughout China by 1905 Pictures, the movie offshoot of China Central Television, which previously was involved with the China release of “Transformers 4.”

It will have a premiere at the Beijing National Stadium “Bird’s Nest,” which hosted the 2008 Summer Olympics.

“The Chinese government manages the number of international releases in the market and there is a rigorous process to get a movie approved for release. We are very pleased to have secured a release slot and a great date for May 20th,” said Tommy Korpinen, president, Rovio Animation, in a statement.

The Columbia Pictures/Rovio Animation film is directed by Fergal Reilly and Clay Kaytis and produced by John Cohen and Catherine Winder.  The screenplay is by Jon Vitti, and executive produced by Mikael Hed and David Maisel. The English-language voice cast includes: Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Danny McBride, and “Game of Thrones” star Peter Dinklage.

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