Today marks the 20th anniversary of Aardman’s beloved feature film Chicken Run, which was released on June 23, 2000 in the United States. To celebrate, Aardman has officially announced that a Chicken Run sequel will go into production in 2021 and will debut globally on Netflix (excluding China).
Made for about $45 million, the original movie (buy at Amazon) grossed $224.8 million worldwide, with $106.8 million coming from North American theaters and $118 million from overseas. It is still the highest-grossing stop-motion animated film of all time.
“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 and creative director 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.”
In the first movie, a group of chickens is determined to fly the coop at Tweedy’s farm, even if they can’t fly. Newcomer Rocky (Mel Gibson) attempts to teach Ginger (Julia Sawalha) and her feathered friends to fly. With teamwork, determination and a little bit o’ cluck, the fearless flock plots one last attempt in a spectacular bid for freedom.
In the Chicken Run sequel, 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!
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.