Twenty years ago, the Aardman animation Chicken Run ‘eggsploded’ onto the big-screen and ended up being a universal hit with fans and critics.
For those unaware of it, the film followed a group of chickens as they plotted to escape their farm upon learning that they would be turned into chicken pies.
“We’ve discussed it so many times over the years and come up with various ideas but never quite found one we loved enough.
But it was always in the back of our minds. ‘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.”
Directed by Nick Fell (Flushed Away, ParaNorman), the sequel will centre on original heroine Ginger, who is living in a human-free chicken paradise where she and Rocky hatch an egg. Their daughter Molly is born but as she grows up, she begins to outgrow the island. Rumours begin to circulate of a threat on the mainland, with Ginger rallying the troops and putting her freedom at risk for the good of all chickens.
On the subject of Rocky, it is understood that Mel Gibson will NOT be reprising his vocal role as the charismatic rooster. The controversial actor found himself in hot water today after actress Winona Ryder had accused him of making anti-Semitic and homophobic comments during an encounter in 1995.
However, it is likely that we will see the return of other Chicken Run voice actors including Julia Sawalha (as Ginger) plus the likes of Jane Horrocks (Babs), Imelda Staunton (Bunty), Lynn Ferguson (Mac), Phil Daniels (Fetcher) and Timothy Spall (Nick).
Production on Chicken Run 2 will begin next year with a release date likely to be set for 2022 or 2023.