Hot off their success with the superb Early Man, Aardman Animation has announced that it will tackle a sequel to its hugely popular Chicken Run. The Hollywood Reporter says that StudioCanal and Pathe are backing the new project, which will roll into production 18 years after the original hit cinemas.

Sam Fell (ParaNorman, Flushed Away) is directing the film.

The original movie still remains the highest grossing stop-motion animation of all time with a global haul of $225 million.

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The claymation adventure tells the story of an American rooster who falls in love with a gorgeous hen on a British farm. The couple decides to run away from the farm, but they must first contend with the evil farmer who is intent on keeping them under her control. The chickens┬ádecide to attempt an escape so they don’t get turned into chicken pot pies.

The news of the sequel was also announced on Aardman’s social channels.

There aren’t too many further details on the new movie as yet, but we’ll keep you posted.