The film is a collaboration between Netflix and Aardman Animation after two decades of the release of the first film.
Chicken Run was first released in 2000 and received critical acclaim. It was also commercially successful and after a long wait, Netflix has now announced a new Chicken Run film.
The film is titled Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget and is a collaboration between Netflix and Aardman Animation. It is the much-anticipated sequel to the first film. Explaining the delay in setting the wheels of production in motion, the streaming giant stated that the studio "needed the right story and the right partner." And they have it now, especially following the Aardman-Netflix collaboration with the musical, Robin Robin.
Much like its predecessor, the sequel is also a comedy action-adventure where the heroes have to summon up all their resources to break into an impenetrable fortress. These heroes happen to be chickens, which means the comedy runs deep in its DNA. There is also a very moving family story at its heart, a press release stated.
The plot of the sequel reads as follows: "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!"
Ginger and Rocky will be played by Thandiwe Newton and Zachary Levi, respectively. These roles were previously voiced by Mel Gibson and Julia Sawalha. Bella Ramsey will voice their headstrong daughter, Molly, a true chick-off-the-old-block who completes the family trio in this new chapter.
Additionally, Jane Horrocks as Babs, Imelda Staunton as Bunty, and Lynn Ferguson as Mac are reprising their roles. They are joined by new additions, Josie Sedgwick-Davies as Frizzle, David Bradley as Fowler, Romesh Ranganathan as Nick, Daniel Mays as Fetcher, and Nick Mohammed as Dr. Fry. Sam Fell (Flushed Away, ParaNorman) will direct the film. Production is already underway. The script was written by Karey Kirkpatrick, John O’Farrell, and Rachel Tunnard with a screenplay by Mark Burton. Peter Lord, Carla Shelley, Karey Kirkpatrick, and Nick Park are returning as executive producers.
The stop-motion animated film will be coming exclusively to Netflix in 2023.