‘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.