One of the most successful aspects of DreamWorks Animation’s 2010 animated adventure How to Train Your Dragon was the film’s ability to create a whole world in which dragons and people coexisted (though at the time, only grudgingly). The vast world of Berk has even extended beyond film and into television with two seasons of DreamWorks Dragons on Cartoon Network and more to come on Netflix that will expand upon the five years between the original film and its sequel, How to Train Your Dragon 2.
As the How to Train Your Dragon 2 release date approaches – after a four-year wait – composer John Powell revealed that the possibility of a fourth film has been discussed at DreamWorks Animation.
In an interview with Collider, Powell mentioned that DreamWorks Animation head Jeffrey Katzenberg had floated the idea of extending the How to Train Your Dragon franchise to include a fourth film despite the original plan to create a trilogy. Powell said writer and director of the series, Dean DeBlois, had been approached by Katzenberg with the idea.
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“I saw Dean in Cannes, we had a premiere of the film there, and he was very merry and a bit drunk and he sort of knew about [How to Train Your Dragon 3] and I think it was mentioned to him by Jeffrey that maybe they would do ‘4.’ And that was definitely, I think, a real kind of eye-opener for Dean and for me because it’s like, ‘Hey, I thought this was a trilogy?’ (Laughs.) So I don’t know, and it might be good because he’s got a lot of story left to tell, so maybe splitting it into two will work, but I just don’t know about that yet. I’m supposing that at the moment, Dean has an idea for the third one and he isn’t telling any of us yet.”
Based on Powell’s comments, it sounds as if Katzenberg suggested splitting How to Train Your Dragon 3 into two films, similar to young adult novels-turned-blockbuster franchises like Harry Potter, Twilight, The Hunger Games, and Divergent.
However, the How to Train Your Dragon series isn’t working from a previously established source material, it has been created from DeBlois’ vision and he is, at this point, the only person who knows whether the story warrants splitting the final film in the trilogy. The stories of Berk have already filled two seasons of DreamWorks Dragons – as well as the upcoming Netflix seasons – so it’s entirely possible that the director’s ideas for the franchise are expansive enough to fill another two movies.
Additionally, some early reviews that were released after the film screened at Cannes criticized How to Train Your Dragon 2 for having more style than substance. Perhaps an extra movie will help to cultivate the story, since the How to Train Your Dragon franchise already excels visually.
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How to Train Your Dragon 2 swoops into theaters June 13th, 2014.