Production on a follow-up to the 2000 animated film is set to start next year.

By Ruth Kinane
June 23, 2020 at 10:17 AM EDT
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Netflix is set to hatch a sequel to 2000's Chicken Run.

On Tuesday, the streaming service celebrated the beloved animated flick's 20-year anniversary by announcing a follow-up feature produced by Aardman Animations. “POULTRY NEWS: Exactly 20 years to the day since the original was released, we can confirm there will be a Chicken Run sequel coming to Netflix!!" read the tweet. "Produced by @aardman, production is expected to begin next year. Eggsellent.”

Chicken Run became the highest-grossing stop-motion animation film of all-time when it premiered back in 2000. The movie starred Mel Gibson and Julia Sawalha as Rocky and Ginger, leaders of a group of chickens trying to escape attempts to turn their farm — and them along with it —  into a chicken pot pie factory. However, it has been reported that Gibson will not return to reprise the role of Rocky in the sequel and the part will be recast. On Tuesday, Winona Ryder called out the actor for homophobic and anti-Semitic comments he allegedly made back in 1995. A representative for Gibson has denied Ryder's allegations.

CHICKEN RUN, 2000, (l to r) Bunty (Imelda Staunton), Rocky (Mel Gibson), Babs (Jane Horrocks), Ginge
Credit: Everett Collection

The sequel — directed by Sam Fell  and written by Karey Kirkpatrick, John O’ Farrell and Rachel Tunnard — catches up with Rocky and Ginger living in a human-free sanctuary with their recent hatchling, Molly. Of course, when confronted a new, terrible threat, they leave their peaceful island sanctuary behind to help save all chicken-kind.

Sounds like a clucking good time!

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  • G
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