Shaun The Sheep movie gets the greenlight

News Simon Brew 25 Apr 2013 - 21:51

UPDATE: We've now got a release date for the Shaun The Sheep movie!

UPDATE: Aardman has now confirmed the UK release date as 20th March 2015.

After The Pirates: An Adventure With Scientists hit big in the UK last year, and less big in the US, the future of Aardman Animations' movie division wasn't clear. We knew that more films were on the way, but what we didn't know was what they were.

Nick Park has been said several times to be working on a new film, with plans to tackle a second Wallace & Gromit feature after that. We hope that remains the case. But now we have a confirmed announcement as to at least one project on the Aardman slate: a Shaun The Sheep movie.

And there's some really good news here: it's going to be a stop motion feature. It's going to be written and directed by Richard Starzak and Mark Burton, and Studio Canal will be distributing the movie in the UK.

Interestingly, Sony doesn't seem involved with this one. Aardman did have a deal in place with Sony, but we can't ascertain whether that's still in force. Aardman is believed to have more CG features in the offing, and it's possible that they'll go through Sony, but Shaun The Sheep isn't.

As for a story, there's a brief synopsis that's been released. It reads: "When Shaun's mischief inadvertently leads to the Farmer being taken away from the farm, Shaun, Bitzer and the flock have to go into the big city to rescue him, setting the stage for an epic adventure".

No word on a release date yet, but with a new Aardman stop motion feature, you can be sure we'll keep you updated. This is a good day.

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They have trouble dragging this out for a 10 minute show. Wonder how they'll pull off 80-90 minutes, especially with a lack of speaking characters

I'd rather watch Shaun chewing grass for 9 hours than watch all the Pirates of the Caribbean movies.

I'd rather watch the first one 3 times

If anyone can do it, though, it is guaranteed to be Aardman (or Pixar, but those guys are Gods). They can provide more emotional depth in 90 minutes of mute stop motion than a lot of movies can in two hours of live-action Hollywood actors.

I still can't believe how quickly they ruined the franchise, the first film was great, but it was all downhill after that.

I hope Wallace and/or Gromit get a cameo - that would be awesome. Or at least some reference.

Stand back:

Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

Speaking characters isn't a problem. Grommet is more talkative than Wallace and he has never uttered a word.

Here here!

Would be nice, no? And maybe in the cycle with side car...just for good measure.

Awesome news but will Timmy feature!?

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