Aardman Animation is Working on 'Chicken Run 2'


To this day, Chicken Run is still the highest grossing stop-motion animated movie of all time, and now is apparently the time to make a sequel happen. It followed a group of chicken trying to escape a farm before they are killed an eaten by the owners. It was revealed that Aardman Animations is partnering up with StudioCanal and Pathe to start developing the next installment.

The Hollywood Reporter has news on Chicken Run 2, but there aren't any details on the story for the sequel since it's not even ready to go looking for a distributor just yet. Original writers Karey Kirkpatrick (Over the Hedge, Smurfs 2, The Spiderwick Chronicles) and John O'Farrell have been reunited to pen the screenplay.

So far no voice actors have been attached to the Chicken Run sequel, but Aardman staple Sam Fell is attached to direct, after winning over fans with his efforts Paranorman and Flushed Away.

Chicken Run made over $106 million at the box office and another $118 million from worldwide markets.

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Nominated for a BAFTA and Golden Globe, it was the first in a slew of hits for Aardman, with their most recent being the prehistoric romp Early Man released in January. The real question is whether they call back noted garbage person Mel Gibson to reprise the starring role, which would be an immediate strike against a film that otherwise shows nothing but potential. However, Gibson starred in the family comedy Daddy's Home 2 a year ago, there's a chance he may have redeemed himself enough in the eyes of some audiences to return.

The Hollywood Reporter revealed on Thursday that a follow-up to the acclaimed stop-motion film has finally been green-lit by UK-based Aardman Animation, following a petition from die-hard fans a year ago.

Aardman Animations is now working on the Shaun the Sheep sequel, which is due to be released some time next year.