StudioCanal and Aardman confirmed today that “Shaun the Sheep Movie 2” is in the works, the film will be directed by Richard Starzak (Shaun the Sheep Movie, Creature Comforts) and Produced by Paul Kewley (Shaun the Sheep Movie, The Farmer’s Llamas). The project will move into pre-production in January, the studio did not confirm a release window at this time.
The film will be a follow-up to the extremely successful original, which was nominated for an Oscar back in 2015. The animated-comedy will reunite Shaun and the Flock, and they are sure to find a brand-new adventure in the new installment.
David Sproxton Co-founder and Executive Chairman at Aardman said: “Shaun’s move to the big screen proved such a success with audiences around the world that he and the flock are very excited to be embarking on another big screen adventure. Aardman is partnering with STUDIOCANAL once again to produce another rip-roaring comedy, featuring Shaun and the rest of the gang in a story that takes them to even greater heights of lunacy.“
Ron Halpern, EVP of International Productions and Acquisitions for STUDIOCANAL
added, “All of us here at STUDIOCANAL are Aardman fans. To get to see the wonderful way they work in Bristol as they have for 40 years now through to the first SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE was an experience we will always cherish. Luckily we get to start again with what will definitely be another film showcasing Aardman’s unique humour, creativity and craftsmanship.”
The original film, which was directed by Mark Burton and Richard Starzak, grossed $106 million worldwide during its theatrical run.
The studio is also behind Nick Park’s highly anticipated new prehistoric comedy-adventure, EARLY MAN, which is currently in production and just announced that Tom Hiddleston will be voicing one of the characters.