For those that don't know, Angry Birds - that one movie based on the hit mobile app of the same name that came out earlier this year - has earned a sequel! While the film may not be the best compared to other animated movies this year like Finding Dory and Zootopia, Angry Birds still earned a respectable $346 Million at the global box office, the 2nd highest for a video game movie. Ever. (First place is Warcraft, of course.)
What Can We Expect?
With the massive amounts of sequels the game has, 13 plus three spin-offs, pretty much anything can happen. With games like Angry Birds, where story isn't a major factor when playing, a movie adaptation doesn't have many rules to follow. Angry Birds 2, while obviously still following Red and the gang, doesn't really have anything it needs to follow game-wise, which can be really good. Anything from easter eggs for versions like Angry Birds: Star Wars or Angry Birds: Transformers to something along the lines of Angry Birds Epic! is fair game.
What Does It Mean For Other Video Game Adaptations?
Well, to find why Angry Birds got a sequel, we have to understand why it was so successful in the first place. Angry Birds, unlike many other video games, isn't story intensive, as we said before. On top of that, Angry Birds is a household name, with a combined total of over 2 Billion downloads across all platforms, it's not only for "hardcore" gamers. Because of this, games like Skyrim - while adored by gamers everywhere - wouldn't do nearly as well. Even Warcraft, which is the #1 grossing video game movie had that same appeal, while not everyone plays World of Warcraft, I'm yet to meet someone that hasn't heard of the game.
Do Video Games Even Need Movies?
This is possibly the most important question that will get people in heated debates for hours on end. After seeing the success of comic book movies, some would think video game movies could be next, with Assassin's Creed coming in December it's certainly a possibility, but do we need it? When I sit and think about how much I want Disney to make a Kingdom Hearts movie, I usually find myself conflicted, and that's true for many other games as well. As gamers, we are a very small group compared to that of the average movie-goers, and because of that, the stories we cherish and adore just aren't as mainstream as those in the movies. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, though, because for every Angry Birds there's a Street Fighter and for every Warcraft there's a Super Mario Bros. (Yea I like to forget that exists too.)
In Short, No, It's Not Necessarily Good News for Other Adaptations
Overall, when gamers ask for film adaptations of their favorite games, often times it's just so their beloved game can finally get the mainstream attention it so dearly deserves.
Sadly, as the high-grossing video game movies show, only the biggest, household-name franchises, such as Pokémon, look like they can benefit from this news right now. Angry Birds' success (and Warcraft's overseas success) is a message to filmmakers that video game movies don't necessarily need to please the 'hardcore' gamer audience to be successful.
But that's ok! As gamers, we don't need Hollywood to validate how good our favorite stories are. Games are games for a reason and maybe that's how it should stay - at least for now.