It was first announced a couple of years ago, but now Chicken Run 2 is coming to Netflix. The streaming giant tweeted this morning: “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.”
Aardman Animations’ Nick Park, Peter Lord and Sam Fell announced Chicken Run 2 during a panel on Annecy Making Of.
According to Variety, Lord said: “We’ve discussed it so many times over the years and come up with various ideas but never quite found one we loved enough.
“But it was always in the back of our minds.”
Admitting a sequel came up in conversation at Aardman every few years, he went on to tease the plot.
Chicken Run 2 CONFIRMED for Netflix: Mission Impossible inspired ‘perfect story’ teased
The stop-motion legend continued: “We’ve got the perfect story.
“And the relationship with Netflix is kind of perfect as well because they celebrate the filmmaker and are so filmmaker friendly.
“I feel now we can make the Chicken Run sequel we want to, the one we really care about.”
Director Sam Fell said: “We’ve been working on the script for some time, years in truth.”
Chicken Run was a spoof of The Great Escape
Chicken Run was released 20 years ago today
The Flushed Away director continued: “This time, they’re breaking in!”
Chicken Run ended with Rocky, Ginger and the gang having escaped Tweedys farm and living in something of a free range paradise.
The couple have had a chick called Molly, who begins to outgrow the island.
While rumours of a terrible threat on the mainland force Ginger and the chickens into a Mission Impossible inspired adventure, following Chicken Run’s tribute to The Great Escape.
Fell teased: “I tell you it will be fun and games seeing these chickens back in action.
“All the gadgets, the kit, we’re kind of moving towards an almost-tribute to Mission Impossible with elements of heist and how they’re going to pull off this amazing break-in.”
At this stage it’s not clear if the original voice cast will be reprising their roles.
But presumably Julia Sawalha with star again as Ginger opposite Mel Gibson’s Rocky.
Despite being released 20 years ago, Chicken Run remains the highest-grossing stop-motion film in history.
The 2000 film cost $ 45 million to make and garnered over $ 225 million at the worldwide box office.
Sadly, the film was one year off the creation of the Best Animated Feature Oscars category, but no doubt the sequel will be within a good chance.
Chicken Run 2 will stream on Netflix at a date TBC.