It was revealed that Aardman Animations is partnering up with StudioCanal and Pathe to start developing the next installment. To this day, Chicken Run is still the highest grossing stop-motion animated movie of all time, and now is apparently the time to make a sequel happen. Original writers Karey Kirkpatrick (Smurfs 2, The Spiderwick Chronicles) and John O'Farrell have reunited to write the screenplay. Directed by Nick Park and Peter Lord, the film features the voices of Mel Gibson, Julia Sawalha, Tony Haygarth, and Miranda Richardson. The movie grossed $106 million in the U.S. and $225 million worldwide. Loosely riffing on The Great Escape, the stop-motion classic followed chickens (voiced by a host of brilliant British actors) trying to escape a poultry farm, assisted by American cockerel voiced by Mel Gibson.
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The Hollywood Reporter have now claimed that Studio Canal and Pathé are working with Aardman on producing a Chicken Run sequel, with Flushed Away's Sam Fell hired as the director.
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It was a cast bursting with British and Australian talent, including Absolutely Fabulous star Julia Sawalha, Oscar victor Mel Gibson, Damage star Miranda Richardson and Auf Wiedersehen, Pet legend Timothy Spall. The film has a 97% on Rotten Tomatoes and was nominated for BAFTA and Golden Globe awards. However, Gibson starred in the family comedy Daddy's Home 2 previous year, there's a chance he may have redeemed himself enough in the eyes of some audiences to return.
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Yes, a sequel to the 2000 film Chicken Run looks to be on the way, with Aardman Studios - the stop-motion geniuses behind Wallace and Gromit, Shaun The Sheep and many, many more - working on a follow-up film. Then again, we don't know if the story will even bring back any of the original characters from the first movie, so it might not matter.