‘How To Train Your Dragon 2′ Director Teases Epic Trilogy In the Making

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Dean DeBlois talks How To Train Your Dragon 2 How To Train Your Dragon 2 Director Teases Epic Trilogy In the Making

The meek but capable Viking Hiccup (voice of Jay Baruchel) and his loyal companion, the Night Fury dragon Toothless, captivated audiences last year in DreamWorks’ 3D animated feature, How To Train Your Dragon, which currently has both a sequel and spin-off TV show in development.

HTTYD co-director Dean DeBlois will helm How To Train Your Dragon 2 on his own and has dropped a few tidbits about how the followup will differ in terms of scope and setting, and where it fits into the overarching narrative concerning Hiccup’s journey towards manhood.

THR caught up with DeBlois at last Saturday’s Annie Awards, where How To Train Your Dragon ended up snagging ten trophies, including one for Best Animated Feature. The writer/director revealed that he is in the midst of penning a second draft of the sequel’s script (having already received studio feedback on his initial draft) and is structuring How To Train Your Dragon 2 as the second act in a trilogy that chronicle’s Hiccup’s journey towards becoming the leader of the Viking clan.

Here’s what DeBlois had to offer, with regards to the animated fantasy pic’s followup:

“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 ['How To Train Your Dragon 2'], the world expands. 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.

“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. This truly is a second chapter in a larger story.”

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DeBlois sounds like he’s on the right track with How To Train Your Dragon 2, both in terms of his plan to focus on Hiccup’s continuing trek towards adulthood and with the indication that supporting players like the young warrior gal/Hiccup’s girlfriend Astrid (America Ferrera) or even comic relief like Snotlout (Jonah Hill) and the twins Ruffnut & Tuffnut (Kristen Wiig and T.J. Miller, respectively) won’t just be hanger-ons in the next film. Many a sequel has been afflicted with that illness – i.e. the inclusion of supporting characters from the original for no real purpose (see the Pirates of the Caribbean movies), and it’s good that DeBlois is at least consciously trying to avoid that problem.

There are numerous directions that the HTTYD followup could go in, with respect to the relationship between the Vikings and dragons, Hiccup’s being given greater responsibility, etc., etc. So long as the sequel doesn’t merely play out like a rehash of the first film (which itself had a well-told, but admittedly rather conventional plot), there’s good reason to look forward to the further adventures of Hiccup and his pet dragon.

How To Train Your Dragon 2 is expected to reach theaters in the second half of 2013.

Source: THR

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  1. I am anxious to find out plot details for the story.

  2. Curious to learn more. I loved the first one, but it seemed pretty open and shut as far as things went. I just hope it doesn’t end up like, say, the Pirate movies where the first one was good and then they had to make this big complicated plot for the next two.

    • I very much get that concern as well, Sean, though working in the HTTYD sequel(s)’ favor is the fact that it/they’re more likely to be story-oriented in a way that the POTC movies (which can be good fun, don’t get me wrong) just aren’t.

  3. Honestly I don’t know how are they gonna top the first one?

  4. The first one wasn’t just one of the best animated films i had ever seen but one of the best movies period. It was nice to leave a moving going experience feeling happy AND fulfilled.

  5. In order to be an epic trilogy the first one must at least imply or suggest an epic which if fails to do so.

  6. So I doubt we’re going to see much of book 2, “How to be a Pirate” and the introduction of Alvin the Treacherous, the main villain of the series.

  7. My LOVE for HTTYD knows no bounds…
    so naturally Im scared the unnecessary sequels are gonna be horrible, but he seems to be going in the right direction *crosses fingers*

  8. I have got to admit two things:
    1) 2013 can’t come fast enough all of a sudden. And,
    2) I almost (ALMOST) don’t care what the plot is. I just want more adorable Toothless moments :) I was very disappointed watching ‘Legend of the Boneknapper Dragon’ when there was only a one glimpse of Toothless in it… I’m such a girl about Toothless. I mean, he is just… adorable!!

  9. There is going to be a second one i have seen that movie so many times and it still touches me the same way the first time! but i really hope they dont try to break our hearts by killing toothless or something messed like they almost did in TOY STORY!!

  10. dragons

  11. I think that they really need to rethink their marketing. I mean, sure, there are probably a lot of young boys who enjoy the film but im pretty sure the majority of people who like it are older in their teens and also atleast half are girls. But despite this Dreamworks is marketing for 7 year old boys. And instead of having merchandise and advertising about the great heartwarming story that it has, they are just acting like it was a cool dragon fighting movie thing which it WAS NOT!!

  12. Itxz Such A Great Movie i really Liked it Alot…..♪

  13. Remember how Hiccup had that book of dragons and he showed all those different ones? I’d love it if the second one included them :P

  14. Excuse me? Hiccup’s PET dragon? Okay, Toothless is NOT Hiccup’s PET! Toothless is his companion, and his friend, but not his PET! I can honestly see the mighty Night Fury scoffing at such a thought! Blasphemy!

  15. I haven’t seen this mentioned yet, but does anyone know if John Powell is returning to do the soundtrack for the sequel?
    The soundtrack for HTTYD is probably the most inspiring soundtrack I have ever heard.

  16. never mind my last comment, I just checked out the full cast and crew and saw John Powell’s name in there. YES!!!!

  17. will there realy be how to train your pet dragon 2