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23 June 2020, 10:59
Chicken Run fans, who have waited 20 years for another instalment so far, will finally get to see the sequel they’ve been hoping for.
Netflix has confirmed that a sequel to the Aardman classic animation is being produced by the streaming company.
Production on sequel will begin in 2021, with Netflix confirming the news on their social media.
Netflix tweeted: “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.”
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.— Netflix UK & Ireland (@NetflixUK) June 23, 2020
It comes after Aardman’s Peter Lord said at a Netflix panel: “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. 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.”
Paranorman director Sam Fell will be taking on the project for the sequel, with Sam saying: “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.”
While a release date for Chicken Run 2 has not yet been confirmed, it will centre on the character of Ginger, who is living in a human-free chicken paradise where she and Rocky hatch an egg.
Their daughter Molly is born but as she grows up, she begins to outgrow the island.
According to Variety, rumours begin to circulate of a threat on the mainland, with Ginger rallying the troops and putting her freedom at risk for the good of all chickens.
The 2000 stop motion animation originally starred the voices of Mel Gibson, Julia Sawalha, Timothy Spall, Miranda Richardson, Phil Daniels, Jane Horrocks, Tony Haygarth, Imelda Staunton, Lynn Ferguson and Benjamin Whithrow - though it is not yet known if they will all return for the sequel.