Nearly two decades after the first run of the chickens, a sequel to the film has been finally set into motion.
Chicken Run is a stop-motion animated comedy film that was released in 2000. It follows the adventures of a group of chickens on a farm who try to escape their fate at the hands of the humans who are planning to turn them into meat pies. But a savior shows up on the farm in the form of a rooster named Rocky. We then see the chickens' adventure as they try to find their freedom.
The film was a huge success at the time and earned more than $224 million, making it the highest-grossing stop-motion animated film in history. Nearly two decades after the first run of the chickens, a sequel to the film has been finally set into motion. Here's what you need to know about it.
The sequel of the film will be happening in collaboration with Netflix. The plot synopsis provided by Netflix as per Digital Spy states: "Having pulled off a death-defying escape from Tweedy's farm, Ginger has finally found her dream – a peaceful island sanctuary for the whole flock, far from the dangers of the human world. When she and Rocky hatch a little girl called Molly, Ginger's happy ending seems complete. But back on the mainland, the whole of chicken-kind faces a new and terrible threat. For Ginger and her team, even if it means putting their own hard-won freedom at risk – this time, they're breaking in!"
The original Chicken Run starred Mel Gibson and Julia Sawalha as Rocky and Ginger. Gibson will not be recast after allegations of his racism and antisemitism came to light last year. It's still unclear if other voice actors from the original film, including Sawalha, Phil Daniels, Imelda Staunton, and Timothy Spall, will return for the sequel. The synopsis does state "whole flock," so we may be seeing most of the chickens and their voice actors making a comeback. However, Benjamin Whitrow, who voiced Fowler in the first movie, passed away in 2017.
Aardman Animations will be reuniting with StudioCanal and Pathe for the sequel. Sam Fell will be directing, with Paul Kewley and Nick Park producing, and Aardman co-founders Peter Lord and David Sproxton will be executively producing. The original Chicken Run writers Karey Kirkpatrick and John O'Farrell will be returning for the sequel.
Netflix announced last year that the production of the film will begin this year. But a release date was not specified. Considering the timeline of other Aardman stop-motion flicks like A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon, pre-production of the movie began in January 2017 and was only released in September 2019. If pre-production for Chicken Run 2 started in 2020, then we can expect a 2023 release.