Shaun the Sheep became a breakout star in Nick Park’s 1995 short film “Wallace & Gromit: A Close Shave.” The stop-motion character was then featured in “Wallace and Gromit’s Cracking Contraptions” and had his own TV series “Shaun the Sheep.”
Shaun’s big hit came in 2015 when he starred in his own feature film “Shaun the Sheep Movie.” Now, after box office success and an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Film, Aardman Animations and StudioCanal announced that a sequel is in the works.
Pre-production for “Shaun the Sheep Movie 2” will begin in January 2017, with Richard Starzak back on board as director (he co-directed the first with Mark Burton) and Paul Kewley producing.
“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,” said David Sproxton, Aardman co-founder and exec chairman. “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.”
“Shaun the Sheep Movie” was a hit, grossing $106 million worldwide on a $25 million budget. It was also nominated for the Best Animated Feature at the 88th Academy Awards.