Shaun the Sheep roams the land for another day. Aardman announced last year’s hit Shaun the Sheep Movie will have a sequel, which gets underway in January 2017. I gotta say, that doesn’t sound like a baaa-d idea. Yeah, yeah. I know. Let’s move on.
Slashfilm reported. Richard Starzak, who co-directed the original with Mark Burton, will helm this sequel, the studio announced. Here’s what David Sproxton, Aardman’s co-founder, said in an official statement:
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.
There are no plot details at the moment. Then again, it’s not like Shaun the Sheep is a super plot-driven character. First introduced in the Wallace & Gromit short A Close Shave back in 1995, he earned his own spin-off series back in 2007, before scoring his own feature-length film. It garnered an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature, but lost out to Pixar’s powerhouse Inside Out.
Fellow distributor StudioCanal hinted the project over a year ago, Variety reported. This is the first official confirmation from Aardman. In addition to the announcement, the first teaser image was released, which can be seen below.