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Aardman announces Chicken Run sequel

Published on: 24th June 2020

It has been revealed that a sequel to the hit animation will be coming to Netflix. 

Aardman took to social media yesterday (23rd June), the 20th anniversary of the hit film Chicken Run, to announce that a sequel is now in the works. The sequel to Chicken Run is expected to go into full production in 2021 and will be released globally by Netflix (excluding China).

Chicken Run, which followed the antics of a group of chickens destined to become pie filling before being led to freedom by cockerel Rocky, remains the highest-grossing stop-motion animated film of all time.

The official synopsis of the sequel, released by Aardman, reveals how things have changed since the original movie. Ginger and Rocky now live happily with the rest of the flock on a peaceful island sanctuary, 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.

Peter Lord, Aardman co-founder and creative director says; “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 have closed a deal with Aardman to allow the transfer of the sequel rights to Netflix.

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