Vitti, an Emmy-winning writer and producer on shows such as "The Simpsons," "King of the Hill," and "The Office," is no stranger to turning existing stories into successful big screen features, having contributed his writing and consulting talents to films such as "The Simpsons Movie," "Alvin and the Chipmunks," and the first two "Ice Age" movies.
But he may face an uphill battle with "Angry Birds," which has no real plot and whose outcome is based purely on gamers' performance. And turning video games into movies has always been a dicey prospect in Hollywood, both in terms of quality and finances; for every successful "Tomb Raider" or "Resident Evil," there's a "Doom" or "Super Mario Brothers" waiting in the wings.
Vitti will have the help of Catherine Winder, former Lucasfilm Animation and Fox Animation executive, who'll serve as producer on the project alongside "Despicable Me"'s John Cohen.
"I'm very excited that Jon and Catherine have joined us, bringing with them their vast expertise," said Mikael Hed, CEO of 'Angry Birds' maker Rovio Entertainment, which is backing the film financially. "I'm confident we are building the right team to deliver an amazing movie experience to our fans."
The movie, to be released by Sony, is set to hit theaters sometime in July 2016. We'll hold on to our slingshots until then.