Aardman’s marvellous Chicken Run remains the highest grossing stop-motion animated film ever, and 20 years on a sequel has been announced.

It’s been rumoured for a while, but confirmation that the movie is in development was received from Aardman during an Annecy International Animated Film Festival virtual panel. The movie will be distributed by Netflix.

“We’ve discussed it so many times over the years and come up with various ideas but never quite found one we loved enough,” said Aardman co-founder Peter Lord of the announcement. “But it was always in the back of our minds. We’ve got the perfect story, and the relationship with Netflix is kind of perfect as well because they celebrate the filmmaker and are so filmmaker friendly. I feel now we can make the Chicken Run sequel we want to, the one we really care about.”

A script already exists, with a story that sees Ginger and Rocky living in a human-free nirvana as proud parents of a baby named Molly, who – like most kids nowadays – grows up very quickly.

Sam Fell, who directed Aardman’s computer animated Flushed Away and co-directed Laika’s ParaNorman is set to direct proceedings.

Chicken Run 2 isn’t set to commence filming until next year, and with the time it takes for Aardman to painstakingly create their works it could be a while until we get to see the results.

Here’s a quick reminder of the original:

Grab the original Chicken Run at JB Hi-Fi.