Given that Chicken Run is the highest-grossing stop-motion film of all time, a sequel has been long in coming. As announced in 2018, Aardman Animations is working on a follow-up — and the news has broken today that Netflix is onboard.
Here is the official synopsis:
Having pulled off a death-defying escape from Tweedy’s farm, Ginger has finally found her dream — a peaceful island sanctuary for the whole flock, far from the dangers of the human world. When she and Rocky hatch a little girl called Molly, Ginger’s happy ending seems complete. But back on the mainland the whole of chicken-kind faces a new and terrible threat. For Ginger and her team, even if it means putting their own hard-won freedom at risk — this time, they’re breaking in!
And here are the details:
- Netflix will release the sequel globally (apart from China). The announcement was made as part of Annecy’s online edition, 20 years to the day since the release of the original Chicken Run.
The director is Sam Fell, an Aardman veteran who co-directed the studio’s feature Flushed Away, as well as Laika’s Paranorman. Full production is due to begin in 2021.
- The directors of the original Chicken Run, Peter Lord and Nick Park, are onboard as executive producer and creative consultant respectively. Carla Shelley and Karey Kirkpatrick are also executive producing, and Steve Pegram is producing. The script is by Kirkpatrick, John O’Farrell, and Rachel Tunnard.
- Chicken Run, Aardman’s first feature, was produced with Dreamworks and France’s Pathé. It took $224.8 million worldwide, and remains Aardman’s highest-grossing film.
- Netflix’s involvement in the sequel is the latest fruit of an increasingly tight partnership with Aardman. The streaming giant launched A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon in the U.S. in February, and will release the studio’s holiday specials Winter’s Tale and Robin Robin.
- Announcing the partnership for the Chicken Run sequel, Lord, who co-founded Aardman and is currently its creative director, said: “Netflix feels like the ideal creative partner for this project too: they celebrate the filmmaker, which means we can make the film we want to make — the one we really care about — and share it with a global audience.”