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Netflix picks up Chicken Run 2 from Aardman

Aardman Animation Studios has confirmed it will produce a Chicken Run sequel. Netflix will distribute the film globally outside of China.

Today is the 20th anniversary of the original film’s release.

The sequel announcement was delivered during an Annecy Making Of panel on the festival’s digital platform. Variety had the news.

Chicken Run 2 follows Ginger, now living in a human-free chicken paradise. There, Ginger and Rocky hatch an egg together and daughter Molly is born. The girl grows up quickly and Molly begins to outgrow the island. At the same time, rumors start to float of a new and terrible 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

The first film was directed by Peter Lord (“The Pirates! Band of Misfits”) and Nick Park (“Wallace & Gromit”) directed. For the sequel Sam Fell (Paranorman, Flushed Away) will direct.

“We’ve discussed it so many times over the years and come up with various ideas but never quite found one we loved enough,” said Lord. “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.”

Shooting is planned for next year with Lord, Carla Shelley and Karey Kirkpatrick returning as executive producers.

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