Chicken Run, the hugely successful clay animation movie, is finally getting a sequel 20 years later. It’ll be made by original creator Aardman Animations and released on , with production starting in 2021.
“We’re delighted to announce, on the 20th anniversary, that we’ve found the perfect story,” said Peter Lord, Aardman co-founder and creative director. “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.”
Chicken Run, released in 2000, followed the story of chickens Ginger and Rocky as they hatched a plan to escape Tweedy’s farm where they were destined to be made into chicken pies. It was directed by Aardman founders Peter Lord and Nick Park, and is still the highest-grossing stop-motion animated film ever. It grossed more than $225 million worldwide, and starred the voices of Julia Sawalha, Mel Gibson, Miranda Richardson, Timothy Spall and Imelda Staunton.
The sequel will follow Ginger and Rocky, who are now living happily in a “peaceful island sanctuary” with their flock. When their daughter Molly is born, however, they find out that back on the mainland, chickens are in trouble again.
“The whole of chicken-kind faces a new and terrible threat,” Aardman Animations detailed. “For Ginger and her team, even if it means putting their own hard-won freedom at risk — this time, they’re breaking in!”
Lord will remain an executive producer on Chicken Run 2, while Park — who also createdand — will have a consulting role.