Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Onward, Herd: 'Shaun the Sheep Movie 2' Beginning Pre-Production in January

Are ewe surprised? Shaun the Sheep Movie, based on Aardman's highly successful stop-motion TV series, is getting a sequel...

In addition to getting outstanding critical reception, Aardman's Shaun the Sheep Movie grossed $106 million at the worldwide box office against its tiny $25 million budget. Lionsgate's piss-poor handling of the film in the US ultimately did not matter, and it's technically Aardman's first real smash since Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. See, Flushed Away and Arthur Christmas failed to double their budgets, and The Pirates! barely doubled its budget. It's good to see that Aardman had a super-profitable film again.

No shock, they are going to move forward with a sequel, with Richard Starzak set to return to the director's chair. Pre-production is set to begin in January...

Which makes it seem like it'll be Aardman's next after Early Man, which is pegged for a January 2018 release. Whatever happened to the sequel to Wallace & Gromit? Or that Cat Burglars project? Either way, it's a smart move, and it's sure to be just as fantastic as the original. This will be Aardman's first-ever theatrical animated sequel feature. Presumably 20 years after the release of their first feature!

Anyways, good news all-around, more Shaun, more stop-motion, more Aardman. What say you?

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