Aardman Animation Studios has confirmed it will produce a Chicken Run sequel, this time backed by Netflix, who will distribute the film globally outside of China.
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.
Two decades after its release, Chicken Run remains the highest-grossing stop-motion animated film of all time and was nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 2000 Oscars. The first time around, Aardman’s legendary award-winning stop-motion innovators Peter Lord (The Pirates! Band of Misfits) and Nick Park (Wallace & Gromit) directed. This time, Oscar-nominated Paranorman and Flushed Away director Sam Fell is to direct.