Though Aaardman’s Chicken Run remains history’s highest-grossing stop-motion animation film, it’s managed to go two decades without producing a sequel. One was originally announced back in April of 2018, but it’s been all quiet on the Chicken Run 2 front since then. Today, that changed with confirmation that Netflix has acquired the sequel’s rights from Studiocanal and Pathé.
The streaming giant chose to reveal its Chicken Run 2 news on the first film’s 20th anniversary. The follow up flick will be helmed by Sam Fell (Flushed Away) and written by Karey Kirkpatrick, John O’ Farrell and Rachel Tunnard and Nick Park.
“POULTRY NEWS: Exactly 20 years to the day since the original was released, we can confirm there will be a Chicken Run sequel coming to Netflix!! Produced by @aardman, production is expected to begin next year. Eggsellent,” the streamer wrote.
Here’s the official Chicken Run 2 synopsis, via Aardman:
“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!”
“Fans around the world have waited patiently for a sequel idea worthy of Chicken Run so we’re delighted to announce, on the 20th anniversary, that we’ve found the perfect story,” said Aardman co-founder Peter Lord. “Netflix feels like the ideal creative partner for this project too: they celebrate the film-maker, which means we can make the film we want to make — the one we really care about — and share it with a global audience.”
Mel Gibson and Julia Sawalha voiced the characters of Rocky and Ginger in Aardman‘s 2000 stop-motion film, itself a spoof of 1963’s The Great Escape. Their fowls led the charge to escape a farm where they were destined to be turned into pie filling. It’s not yet been confirmed if the same voice actors will return for the sequel.
Aardman’s most recent project was last year’s A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon, which Netflix managed to score the US distribution rights for. The sequel to Shaun the Sheep Movie was warmly received, and still holds a 96% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Per Aardman, Chicken Run 2 is currently eyeing a 2021 production start date.