EXCLUSIVE: Fergal Reilly, who is making his directorial debut co-helming The Angry Birds Movie, has signed with UTA. The Irishman is a longtime storyboard artist with credits including Hotel Transylvania, Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs and its sequel as well as head of story at Sony Pictures Animation. Those credits also include Spider-Man 2, which he boarded after Sam Raimi ID’d his ability to blend comedy and action elements.
As storyboard supervisor, Reilly has developed projects with Jon Favreau and Richard Linklater and is among the rare breed of story artists who have worked in both live action and animated fields.
Sony’s animated Angry Birds, which Reilly co-directs with Disney veteran Clay Katis, will bow worldwide May 20. Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Bill Hader, Danny McBride Sean Penn, Keegan-Michael Key and Kate McKinnon provide the voices. John Cohen and Catherine Winder are producers.
Reilly remains repped by Russell Hollander and attorney Derek Reynolds.