Although a sequel to Aardman’s animated stop-motion movie “Chicken Run” is being prepared, one of the original film’s voice actors Mel Gibson will not be returning, two people with knowledge of the production told TheWrap.
Because the sequel to “Chicken Run” will go into production next year, one person explains that it is too early to know about the voice cast for an animated film, but Gibson, who voiced the Rocky character in the 2000 movie, be asked back for the sequel.
It’s also unclear if any of the other voice actors in the original movie, which also included Julia Sawalha, Phil Daniels, Imelda Staunton, and Timothy Spall, will be returning for the sequel.
The film, which will be distributed by Netflix and will go into production next year, will pick up the story of the chickens that managed to escape Tweedy’s farm in the original movie where Ginger (voiced in the original by Sawalha) finally found his dream: a Pacific island sanctuary for the entire herd, away from the dangers of the human world. When she and Rocky (originally Gibson) are born to a girl named Molly, Ginger’s happy ending seems complete. But on the continent, all kinds of chicken face a terrible new threat. For Ginger and her team, even if that means putting their own hard-earned freedom at risk, this time, they’re in!
Sam Fell (“Flushed Away”, “ParaNorman”) will direct the new film based on a script by Karey Kirkpatrick, John O’Farrell and Rachel Tunnard; Nick Park, creator of Aardman hits like “Wallace and Gromit” and “Shaun the Sheep”, will have a consulting role in the film.
Steve Pegram and Leyla Hobart will produce, while Peter Lord, Carla Shelley and Karey Kirkpatrick will return as executive producers.
The 2000 “Chicken Run” grossed nearly $ 225 million at the worldwide box office and remains the highest-grossing stop-motion animated hit of all time.
Gibson made headlines this week after Winona Ryder shouted homophobic and anti-Semitic comments the actor allegedly made in 1995. Gibson, through his representative, said Ryder is lying.