20 years to the day after its theatrical release, Aardman Studios confirms a Chicken Run sequel, which will be backed by Netflix. Studiocanal and Pathé, which backed the original film, have closed a deal with Aardman Studios to allow the transfer of the sequel rights to Netflix.
Chicken Run, even two decades after its release, remains the top grossing stop-motion animated film of all time. It was also nominated for Best Animated Feature at the Oscars in 2000. Oscar nominated director Sam Fell, whose previous films include Paranorman and Flushed Away, is set to direct. Previous directors Peter Lord and Nick Park may be stepping aside, but Chicken Run has never been far from their minds. “We’ve discussed it so many times over the years and come up with various ideas but never quite found one we loved enough,” explained Lord.
Now he feels that “[they]’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.” They will finally be able to make the Chicken Run sequel they want and care about.
The sequel will focus on Ginger, now living in a human-free chicken paradise. Ginger and Rocky have a daughter named Molly together. As Molly gets older, she starts to feel that she is outgrowing the island. At the same time, there are rumors abound about a malevolent threat on the mainland, forcing Ginger to rally her troops and put their own hard-won freedom at risk for the good of all chicken-kind.
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