On the 20th anniversary of celebrated feature film Chicken Run – the highest-grossing stop-motion animated film of all time – Aardman has revealed a sequel is set to go into full production in 2021 and the new adventure will be released globally by Netflix (excluding China).
Peter Lord, Aardman Co-Founder and Creative Director, commented: “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. 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.”
The Chicken Run sequel is directed by Sam Fell (Flushed Away, ParaNorman) and produced by Steve Pegram (Arthur Christmas) and Leyla Hobart. Peter Lord, Carla Shelley and Karey Kirkpatrick will be returning as executive producers. The script is written by Karey Kirkpatrick, John O’ Farrell and Rachel Tunnard and Nick Park (creator of Wallace and Gromit and Shaun the Sheep) will have a consulting role on the film.
Original distributors Studiocanal and Pathé closed a deal with Aardman to allow the transfer of the sequel rights to Netflix.
Aardman is already working on Robin, Robin for Netflix – a short musicial that is scheduled to roll out this Christmas.