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'Chicken Run' Sequel Officially Confirmed, 'Shaun The Sheep 2' Gets A New Title

Back in 2000, Aardman Animations made their feature debut with Chicken Run. The studio's distinctive charm and sensibilities translated beautifully to the big screen and resonated with audiences worldwide. The film took in more than $224 million at the box-office-a figure enough to ensure it is still the top-grossing stop-motion feature of all time.

There have been rumours that a sequel was in the works for some time. Only now, however, have we finally got official confirmation, that the plucky chickens (formerly) from Tweedy's Farm will indeed be returning to our screens.

Chicken Run 2 (which we would presume to be a working title for now) will continue Aardman's relationship with Studio Canal, who they worked with on both Shaun The Sheep Movies and Early Man. Pathé, co-producer of the original film, will also be involved.

Sam Fell (director of Flushed Away, co-director of ParaNorman) will direct, and original writers Karey Kirkpatrick and John O'Farrell, will return to pen the screenplay. Original director and Aardman co-founder Peter Lord, will be an executive producer, alongside co-founder David Sproxton.

As the film is in the early stages of development, we don't know any other details just yet. The film will come out sometime after the 2019 Shaun The Sheep sequel, which would suggest a 2020 release at the earliest. We all know that stop-motion is a time consuming process, and there has typically been much longer than a year gap between Aardman releases. However, there is a significantly smaller gap between the release of this year's Early Man and Shaun The Sheep 2 (next autumn) so perhaps we could be seeing their releases picking up the pace?

You may have noticed that also in that same announcement tweet is another little piece of news. It appears that the Shaun sequel is now going by the pun-tastic title of Shaun The Sheep Movie: Farmageddon. In slightly less welcome news, it's also been pushed back to autumn next year from its original April 2019 UK release date.

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