Production on a long overdue Chicken Run sequel is at last underway at Aardman Animations.
The sequel to the much-loved poultry-based film was announced last year - some 18 years after the original hit the big screen.
Rocky & Ginger are coming home to roost! We're delighted to announce we're working with @StudiocanalUK & @PatheUK on early development of a Chicken Run sequel! #ChickenRun2 will be our next movie release following Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon in Autumn 2019 with STUDIOCANAL pic.twitter.com/Cdof0e7qbl
- Aardman Animations (@aardman) April 26, 2018
Now Will Becher, co-director of Aardman's latest film A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon, has revealed that the talented people at Aardman's animation studios have begun crafting the chickens for the sequel.
Speaking to Flickering Myth, he said: "Well, all I can tell you is that there were a lot of chickens being made towards the end of our film.
"We have a model-making team and, at one point, it was just full of sheep, but slowly over the course of the following weeks it became overrun with chickens.
"So there is definitely an intention there and it was announced they are in pre-production on a sequel."
Bring it on.
As of yet, it is unclear whether the likes of Mel Gibson and Julia Sawalha will be returning to the voice cast. Indeed, very little is known about it at all at this stage; but still, just the fact it is happening at all is enough for us to get a little bit worked up.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sam Fell will direct the film, while original writers Karey Kirkpatrick and John O'Farrell will collaborate on the screenplay once again.
The original - which was released in 2000 - grossed more than £174 million ($224 million), making it the highest-grossing stop motion animated film in history.
Its commercial success was surpassed critically, with the film earning a 97 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a score of 88 on Metacritic.
Writing for The Telegraph, Rebecca Hawkes' review summed up the premise nicely.
She said: "The film, which follows Mrs Tweedy's hens as they make a bid for freedom, is essentially The Great Escape with chickens - an engagingly ridiculous tagline, which the movie lives up to with charm and verve."
Let's hope the sequel lives up to the original.
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