We've long known that "How to Train Your Dragon" sequels and a follow-up television series are coming our way, though the exact nature of the continuing story of Hiccup and his Viking clan have remained more or less under wraps.
But in a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, "Dragon" co-director Dean DeBlois and returning producer Bonnie Arnold have started spilling the beans on the planned sequel. DeBlois, who is currently working on a draft of the sequel's screenplay, reveals that "How to Train Your Dragon 2" would function as at least the second part of a trilogy, if not a longer series of stories.
"I turned in the script before the holidays, and got some notes back and I'm working on a second draft," said DeBlois. "It's going to be quite epic. We are treating 'How To Train Your Dragon' as the first act in a much larger story."
"As we head into this one, the world expands," he elaborated. "Everything is much bigger with still the heartfelt qualities that made the first one resonate so much with audiences. There are no longer restrictions to this tiny island in the North Sea. They have the entire Northern hemisphere within their grasp."
Sounds like the world is blowing up, which can only be a good thing; sequels have to push things forward while holding true to what worked in the original, which is no easy task. But expanding the physical world of "How to Train Your Dragon" is undoubtedly an excellent first step. Still, there are other moves to make, especially because the "Dragon" crew views this story as a franchise with multiple chapters.
"The only way of tracing the story is to draw on elements that were in the first movie and set up elements for a third movie, so it doesn't feel like a random adventure with the same five or six characters," said DeBlois. "This truly is a second chapter in a larger story."
To that end, Arnold says new characters are heading into the "Dragon" universe with round two: "It's going to be more fun adventures with Hiccup and Toothless. There will be some new dragons and maybe some new characters. It's the further adventures of Hiccup on his journey of becoming a man and the ultimate leader of the Viking clan."
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