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Aardman Animations planning ‘Chicken Run’ sequel

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Aardman Animations' Chicken Run

Get out of the hen house and get ready to celebrate: Aardman Animations is planning a sequel to its 2000 critical and commercial hit Chicken Run.

Almost 20 years after its release, the longstanding most successful stop-motion film of all time is finally getting a sequel. No details are known at this early stage, but we do know that Aardman will be developing the film with StudioCanal, which worked with Aardman on its recent features, and Pathe, which helped finance Chicken Run and distributed it in Europe.

Sam Fell (ParaNorman, Flushed Away) will direct, with Paul Kewley (2015’s Shaun the Sheep Movie) set to produce. Original Chicken Run writers Karey Kirkpatrick (Over the Hedge, Smurfs 2, The Spiderwick Chronicles) and John O’Farrell will write the screenplay, and Aardman cofounders Peter Lord and David Sproxton will executive produce.

It’s likely that Chicken Run 2 will officially begin development once Aardman finishes production on Shaun the Sheep sequel Farmageddon, slated for release in 2019.

The original Chicken Run told the story of a group of chickens on a mission to fly the coop so their evil farm owner doesn’t turn them into chicken potpies. It garnered an impressive $106 million in the U.S. and $225 million globally, scored a 97% on Rotten Tomatoes, and earned BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations. No word yet on whether or how many original voice actors will return for the sequel, with several of them having passed since 2000.

Via The Hollywood Reporter.

Are you excited about this announcement? Were you a fan of Chicken Run when it first came out?

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  • Chelsea Warner

    Well this came out of the blue. I like Chicken Run, but I never expected a sequel.

    • Manuel Orozco

      I feel the same way

      • Zardoz

        I expected a sequel. I always wondered what adventures the chickens would get into know that they are free.

        • Manuel Orozco

          Well the story and bringing back at least a majority of the original voice cast will decide if I am excited

  • Manuel Orozco

    It’s been a while since a sequel announcement surprised me! Chicken Run was the first time I ever liked stop motion as a kid. I was 7 when it was released and I’m 25 now. I’ll be up for this as long as at least a majority of Voice cast members return.

  • Harith Sami

    It is not as unexpected as you think, considering how Early Man bombed at the box office.
    Seems like Ardman’s new business model is relying on sequels to successful films they had, there are making Shaun the Sheep 2 and I won’t be surprised if they announced a new Wallace & Gromit movie.

    • Jeremiah

      If they do a Wallace and Gromit film, I am so down.

    • Amber Dvorak

      Financially, that makes sense, but it’s disappointing when studios rely on sequels and when audiences aren’t willing to give new ideas a chance.

      • Zardoz

        Disagree Ardmans original films have actually done well. Like Shaun of the Sheep, Pirates, and Arthur Christmas.

        Whose to say this sequel is for financial reasons. Which is redundant thinking. Since all movies in general are in the business of making money. What if Ardman has been planning to make a sequel for a while now?

        But its typical Mellinail thinking. Crap on a sequel automatically without even watching the finished product.

        • Manuel Orozco

          Arthur Christmas is the only one of their recent films I’ve seen.

          • Zardoz

            Missing out. The movie is excellent

          • Manuel Orozco

            Which one are you referring to?

          • Zardoz

            Arthur Christmas

          • Manuel Orozco

            I said I saw it

        • Amber Dvorak

          Oh, I’m not saying the sequel will be bad by any means. I just feel the market overall has reached an oversaturation of sequels and three-quels (and beyond) lately.

          • Zardoz

            Eh growing up in the 80s and 90s

            I had 3 Indiana Jones films, 3 Star Wars films, 4 Batman films, 2 Terminator films, 3 Rambos, 3 Die Hards, 3 Poltergeists, 3 Robocops, 3 Aliens, 5 Rockys, 3 Back to the Futures, 7 Nightmare on Elm Streets….

            Just sounds like whining to me.

  • Harith Sami

    Some movies aren’t meant to have sequels.

  • Frank Coufal

    Wow! Having first seen the original Chicken Run when I was 5, along with all of Aardman’s subsequent films since then, I’m surprised that Aardman is interested in making a sequel to Chicken Run.

    • Amber Dvorak

      Yeah – the whole ‘almost two decades’ thing is what stumped me the most. It will be interesting to see how this one does.

      • Zardoz

        Stumped? Lol Mad Max and Bladerunner didn’t have sequels until three decades later. Its happened before.

        • Amber Dvorak

          Very true, but not as common in animation.

          • Zardoz

            Really?

            Peter Pan (1953)- Peter Pan 2(2002)
            Little Mermaid(1989)-Little Mermaid 2(2000)
            101Dalmations (1961)-101 2 (2003)
            Jungle Book(1967)-Jungle Book 2(2003)
            Bambi(1942)- Bambi 2(2004)
            Lady and the Tramp(1944)-Lady and the Tramp 2(2001)
            Cinderella(1950)-Cinderella 2(2002)

  • Financially it makes sense, story wise….I’m open to what they have
    Love the first one to death, but I can hear what they got and then see how it’ll come together 🙂

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