DreamWorks Animation Considering ‘How to Train Your Dragon 4’

Published 11 months ago by , Updated September 2nd, 2014 at 3:43 pm,

DreamWorks Considers How to Train Your Dragon 4 DreamWorks Animation Considering ‘How to Train Your Dragon 4’

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.

Read the full quote:

“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.

How to Train Your Dragon Land of Berk DreamWorks Animation Considering ‘How to Train Your Dragon 4’

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.

What do you think of a possible How to Train Your Dragon 4? Let us know in the comments!


How to Train Your Dragon 2 swoops into theaters June 13th, 2014.

Source: Collider

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  1. Wow, really?
    I know the 1st was good, but let’s just wait until to see how the 2nd (and then 3rd) performs before doing the 4th one. Let’s not give this the Shrek or Ice Age treatment

    • until *we see

    • I saw the 2nd one. It was freakin’ amazing. I loved it. Go see it when it is released. If you liked the 1st one you’ll definitely like the 2nd one…

    • thats hilarious

  2. “the How to Train Your Dragon series isn’t working from a previously established source material, it has been created from DeBlois’ vision”

    That’s incorrect, the movies are at least loosely based on the 12 How to Train Your Dragon books written by Cressida Cowell. I recall reading one of them many years ago.

    • Thats what I thought as well !

    • Well plot- wise, not really. The concept of dragon training is vastly different between the mediums. The stories are too. Having very different premises, nothing really suggests that the upcoming films will draw from the storyline of the books.

      • I love the books but hate them, i hate that they are sooooooooooooooooooo different from the movie.

        • same here

  3. Yaa lets just wait for the second movie and third even the third and fourth seasons of Dragons.. But I like the Idea.

  4. Why is this even a question? Of course there will be a fourth one, because money.

    • There’s no need to immediately jump to cynical for every situation. Watch the sequel, I already have. It was definitely not just a cash grab. It’s a well written sequel that dives deeper into the world they’ve created. Now Rio 2, you can be cynical about that one. That one was a sequel that probably didn’t need to be made…

  5. Why not.. I love toothless. He is so cute and I wish that he is my real pet. lol! :D

    • Weirdo

      • You’re a weirdo if you DON’T want Toothless as a pet, he is awesome, lol. Like a big dog that can shoot fireballs and fly…

        • More like a cat. In fact the creators used the mannerisms of cats when they were developing Toothless’s personality.

      You know that they’re going to make dragons disappear, right?

      • I will NEVER EVER watch httyd again if they kill anybody else

  6. More Hiccup, Toothless and Astrid. I say “Yay” to that.

  7. We need a How to Train Your Dragon 2 spoiler thread too…

    I want to talk about this movie and Edge of Tomorrow so bad people, come on…

  8. i think the 3rd film should be about Hiccup trying to cope with being chief, catching up with his mom, and having time with Toothless. Then in the 4th film, it should be about meeting another night fury (that should be a girl.)i think it’ll be AWESOME so have a fourth film! ^ ^

    • As much as I would like a happy ending, I have a feeling they will end the trilogy with the death of toothless…

      • nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo i hate you for wanting toothless to die!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Possibly… MAybe all dragons…

    • Yes! i want another Nightfury too, i thought that there was going to be another one in the 2nd one, i think the 3rd one should be about astrid and hiccup getting more serous in their relationship!

  9. I think there should be a how to train your dragon 4. Think there be a very long series of how to train your dragon. It is amazing!!!!

  10. I think that toothless never dies I dont think anyone shoud die

    • Well, then really, “heroic” actions will mean nothing if you’re constantly told that there will be no repercussions… That’s one thing this cartoon series have made perfectly clear is not the case…

  11. I love how to train your dragon 2 and 1 and I would love if there was 10 how to train your dragon movies! I think everyone who worked so hard on this movie did sooooo great I just am sad that Stiok died – (is Stiok spelled Stoik or Stiok?) and I think he did not die because I remember him saying to Drago “it takes more than a little of fire to burn me”! so I am faithful that he is okay. I do not though like the How to Train your Dragon Riders of Berk, i think the animation is off, and Hiccup is still young. I think the only flaw with How to Train your Dragon 2 is Astrid is not as pretty, her eyelashes you cannot see, i remember my sister saying “she was very pretty in the first movie, but the second one her famine quality’s were not shown, such as: long eyelashes, curves, and a tad bit bigger breasts” I agreed, she is 20 or 21 now you should be able to see it a lot more than when she was 14 or 13. I would like in the 3rd movie to have Hiccup and Astrid married or more serious in there relationship. All in all I looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooovvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvve How to Train your dragon 1 2 and the books and i love Cressida Cowell! Thx for puting hard work into it all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. that second one was so touching i want to see it over and over again my second fav movie maybe even my first but it was really good i am so buying it when it comes out

  13. I hope there will be a forth movie but no more them four, like what was said earlyer i would hate for this searies to be ruined by running out of ideas like with high school writing reports. on a different note I like that the 2 movies so far have followed my age group. about 8 to 12 of my friends loves the “how to train your dragon” movies I know for a fact that they are the favorite movies of at least 4 or 6 people that I know including myself

    • How to train your Dragon 4 Probably being released in 2021.. I’m liking forward to HTTYD3 June 9th 2017

  14. I think the first was good and so was the second one. The only thing my kids kept talking about is that they thought toothless was suppose to see his mom and the wondered why they didn’t find another night fury like toothless so he can atleast save his race. They love these movies and hopes to see more on toothless origin n find him a girlfriend since he is now an alpha dragon. Hope to see more myself .. Can’t wait..

  15. I would like to see How To Train Your Dragon extend up to 5-6 movies like Kung Fu Panda. Keen for HTTYD 3 but would like to see a few more.

  16. how to Train Your Dragon 4? I really think that this is really a great idea;) .But about 3 this …. Are hiccup and toothles will continue the adventure?

  17. how to Train Your Dragon 4? It’s a really great idea! … I personally would like as many Part Description !!! DA and even what to 3 are … Hiccup and Toothles will continue the adventure?

  18. please create a httyd 4!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  19. i would like to watch httyd 3 in 2015 or 2016 not 2017 please we’d like to watch it very soon because we love it and httyd is my life

  20. I really hope they don’t make a 4th one, unless the story really needs it. If not, I think they’ll totally ruin it. The story so far has been really great, and I hope the third one is too, but 4 is just going too far. I love these movies so much I would hate for them to go bad.

  21. OMG!! If you will do HTTYD 3 and 4 I will be happy, always happy. This tfilm is my life and I hope you :DDDD

  22. I cant wait for the new HTTYD movies to come out. I watch them with my dad and we spend quality time with each other before he goes back to work. It’s good to see how people of all ages love this movie, then the people who make the following movies, have a great time making them, then watching them with their families afterwards. Well done, keep at it!

  23. I love this film because its amazing film of the year

  24. Guys They wont just separate toothless from Hiccup in 3rd Part right

    • what?? if it will be happening, then im gonna never watch HTTYD again, but its my life actually.
      But GUYS! Dont separate toothless and Hiccup! they are together good!

      And HTTYD4 is an amazing idea! i actually want 5 or 6 parts of it, toothless hiccup must
      continue the adventures, because its one of the best in the film!

  25. I have seen 1 and 2, they were really really good I love movies and I will see all the films How to Train Your Dragon available because I like them and I hope it will come out more like a fourth grade