A sequel to Chicken Run is coming soon

Joann Johnston
April 26, 2018

Yes, a sequel to the 2000 film Chicken Run looks to be on the way, with Aardman Studios - the stop-motion geniuses behind Wallace and Gromit, Shaun The Sheep and many, many more - working on a follow-up film. The original writers from the first Chicken Run film, Karey Kirkpatrick (The Spiderwick Chronicles) and John O' Farrell (From Beyond the Grave) will be returning to pen the screenplay for the sequel.

The original Chicken Run became a smash hit on both sides of the Atlantic, earning a worldwide gross of $225 million, the highest ever for a stop-motion film.

Sam Fell will serve as director for Chicken Run 2. Aardman's co-founders Peter Lord and David Sproxton are executive producing.

The original film was co-directed by Lord and Nick Park. However, the British production had a secret weapon, namely the stealthy success of co-creator Nick Park's Wallace and Gromit on VHS, which quietly created an audience that led Chicken Run to a $106.8 million take in us, and, ultimately, a $224.8 million worldwide total.

Over the moon Fans rushed to Twitter to celebrate the news after starting a petition last year to get the film made
Over the moon Fans rushed to Twitter to celebrate the news after starting a petition last year to get the film made

Telling the story of a group of plucky chickens attempting to escape certain death at the hands of their evil farm owner and boasting a voice cast including the likes of Mel Gibson and Timothy Spall, the film was also critically acclaimed, with a 97 percent Rotten Tomatoes rating alongside BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations.

It was a cast bursting with British and Australian talent, including Absolutely Fabulous star Julia Sawalha, Oscar victor Mel Gibson, Damage star Miranda Richardson and Auf Wiedersehen, Pet legend Timothy Spall.

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

Chicken Run fans can rejoice as filmmakers announce that a sequel is coming, 18 years after the first film was released.

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