Netflix Has Backed The Upcoming ‘Chicken Run’ Sequel From Aardman Animations

Chicken Run‘ was released inside theaters twenty years ago. Twenty years to the date, in fact. The movie, which was produced by Aardman Animations, was a tremendous hit at the box office.

It grossed over $220 million at the box office, making it the highest-grossing stop motion animated film in history.

And now twenty years later, the studio is ready to start work on a sequel, and this time they’ll be backed by Netflix.

The sequel announcement was delivered during an Annecy Making Of panel on the festival’s digital platform. The sequel has long been rumored, though Netflix’s involvement is major news.

A Netflix release that coincided with the presentation explained that Studiocanal, which has financed, distributed and sold Aardman productions since 2015’s ‘Shaun the Sheep Movie,’ and Pathé, which backed the original, have closed a deal with Aardman to allow the transfer of the sequel rights to the global streaming giant.

This is huge news for Netflix. Peter Lord, the co-director of the original film, revealed that they had been wanting to make a sequel for a long time, but never felt like they had the right story.

But now? He’s convinced they have the perfect story.

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.

No word on a potential release date, but we’ll keep you posted.

The First Trailer For ‘Early Man’ Has Been Released, Check It Out Inside! (VIDEO)

Aardman Animations, the creators of Chicken Run, Wallace & Gromit, and Arthur Christmas are back with a prehistoric comedy adventure.

Early Man won’t hit theaters until next year, and production hasn’t even been completed, but they’re still giving us our first look at the movie. It appears the scenes you see in the teaser below were created solely for this trailer, so they probably won’t be in the finished product.

But still, it gives us a little sample. A little taste of what’s to come. By the way, this movie is packed with some pretty big names lending their voices.

Tom Hiddleston, Maisie Williams, Eddie Redmayne and the always hilarious Richard Ayoade. When director Nick Park released the teaser trailer, he also sent out this statement:

“Today we get to meet Dug’s tribe, a loveable bunch of misfits voiced by some exceptional British talent. They’re essentially a group of inept cavemen and women including Treebor, played by Richard Ayoade, a gentle giant scared of his own shadow; Magma, Treebor’s no nonsense mother voiced by Selena Griffiths and Mark Williams as Barry, whose best friend is a rock. Chief Bobnar, voiced by the brilliant Timothy Spall, leads the pack as their long-suffering leader, and father figure to his tribe of idiotic brutes.”