By Francisco Salazar ( | First Posted: May 15, 2013 11:31 PM EDT

(Photo : Rovio Entertainment )

Sony Pictures Entertainment has announced that it will release the movie adaptation to the popular game in 2016.

Sony announced that it won the bid for the film. CEO Michael Lynton stated "Every studio in town would love to add Angry Birds to their slate. There are few titles out there that bring this kind of excitement, brand awareness and built-in audience to the table."

Rovio Entertainment is developing, producing and financing the 3-D animated film based on the game. The company was also in charge of releasing the game in 2009 which has become a huge success.

It was also announced the film is set to be produced by John Cohen and David Maisel who were previously in charge of "Despicable Me" and "Iron Man." Maisel and Cohen said, "We are very excited to join with Sony Pictures in presenting this movie to the world in 2016 and we will have many more announcements as we begin production in the coming months."

No plot details were released but it was confirmed that the film will further develop the world within the game which was already explored in the 2013's "Angry Birds Toons" animated series.

The game series has previously enjoyed movie crossovers with "Rio," which spawned its own version of the game, and "Star Wars," in which the Birds are the Rebel Alliance and their Bad Piggy nemeses are the Empire. However it has not been revealed if the new "Star Wars Episode 7" will collaborate to make a new game. A potential "Rio 2" could now potentially happen now that Sony and Rovio will work together on the film.

Sony Pictures has a busy slate this year as it is releasing "After Earth," "Grown Ups 2," "Captain Phillips," and "American Hustle."

"Angry Birds The Movie" will be released Jul 1, 2016.

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