The original movie which came from the geniuses at Aardman Animations – who also created the likes of Wallace and Gromit and more recently Early Man – is the most successful stop-motion animation film of all time.
Amazing chicken and plasticine-shaped news now, as it’s been confirmed that Chicken Run – the classic stop-animation movie about a cluster of chicks attempting to escape a farm – is getting a sequel after 18 YEARS.
Chicken Run bagged a whopping $106 million in the U.S. and amassing a global haul of $225 million (£16.1 million). Sam Fell (ParaNorman) is set to direct the follow up, while Paul Kewley (Shaun the Sheep) will produce.
The news of the long-awaited sequel (via The Hollywood Reporter) will be a joy to fans after a petition was raised to try and make it happen.
The first movie starred Mel Gibson, Early Man’s Timothy Spall, Absolutely Fabulous’ Julia Sawalha and Harry Potter’s Miranda Richardson. The movie, which acted as a parody of Steve McQueen’s The Great Escape included some amazing taglines including ‘Chicken Impossible’ and ‘She’s poultry in motion’. Classic.
It’s currently unclear whether the film’s original stars will return, Mel Gibson has recently made a big return to film making and acting since his anti-semitic remarks and DUI (driving under the influence) arrest in the mid-2000s.
The actor has remarked that he’s been surprised by Hollywood’s willingness to accept him back, he said: “I am surprised as I have been digging a ditch for the past 10 years.
“Quite frankly, it’s been a lot of hard work personally and professionally, but the work goes on as I think it does for most of us.”
A release date for Chicken Run 2 has yet to be confirmed, but it’s thought that production will kick off after the sequel to original Shaun the Sheep movie.