Whispers of a follow-up to the 2000 box office smash Chicken Run have been circling for years now, but better late than never!
Two decades after the release of the stop-motion animated hit, a sequel is finally in the works – and it’s heading to Netflix. The streaming giant will be distributing the long-awaited sequel outside of China, as was announced during an Annecy Making Of panel that was streamed. Netflix acquired the rights to the sequel in a deal made with stop-motion animation studio Aardman productions.
Set to direct the sequel is Sam Fell, whose credits include co-directing CG-animated films ParaNorman and Flushed Away.
The first Chicken Run followed a group of chickens wanting to escape their chicken farm run by evil owners. In the follow-up, as Fell revealed in a video that’s up on Annecy’s digital platform, “This time, they’re breaking in.”
As reported by Variety, the sequel will be following Ginger, who was voiced by Julia Sawalha in the original. Ginger is…
… “now living in a human-free chicken paradise. There, Ginger and Rocky hatch an egg together and daughter Molly is born. The girl grows up quickly, “as children do,” Fell explained, and Molly begins to outgrow the island. At the same time, rumors start to float of a new and terrible threat on the mainland, forcing Ginger to rally her troops and put their own hard-won freedom at risk for the good of all chicken-kind.”
Directed by Peter Lord (The Pirates! Band of Misfits) and Nick Park (Wallace & Gromit), Chicken Run scored a $US224.8 million worldwide box office from a reported $US45 million budget.
The plan is to begin shooting the sequel next year.