'How to Train Your Dragon 3' Release Date, Cast & Plot: No More Dragons in Third Film?
"How to Train Your Dragon 3" is slated for a release in 2017 and Director Dean DeBlois has revealed that despite the title, moviegoers should expect no more dragons to appear in the film, Slash Film reported.
The animated film's director DeBlois revealed details about his upcoming film, saying that in the past week he finished outlining his final plans for the film to DreamWorks Animation. The story will follow an adult Hiccup in his adventures in a world without his best friend and dragon Toothless, and the disappearance of all the dragons in the world.
During an interview with Den of Geek, DeBlois explained that for the past two and a half years, he had been answering countless of questions and pitching in-progress outlines to the executives and higher ups -- all in the name of finally finishing the storyline for the final film of the franchise.
"Well, they're still being nailed down," he admitted in the end, though he said some of the specifics have been finally put to paper.
DeBlois then said that the movie will be opening up five years later where the movie's hero Hiccup is "at a different rite of passage."
Hiccup had been named the village chief after his father Stoic's passing in the previous film and has to struggle with feelings of inadequacy after taking over. He also has to face the fact that the dragons have all disappeared, including his own dragon Toothless.
"There's something really compelling and emotionally powerful to the idea that this trilogy will complete with the dragons somehow going away," the director said. "I think there's something bittersweet and powerful about it."
"How to Train Your Dragon 3" is the third and final film in the "How to Train Your Dragon" franchise, which is based on the book series of the same name by authoress Cressida Cowell.
The first two films were released in 2010 and 2014 repsectively, and featured the vocal talents of Jay Baruchel as Hiccup Haddock III, Gerard Butler as Stoic the Vast, Cate Blanchett as Valka, American Ferrera as Astrid Hofferson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse as Fishlegs Ingerman, Craig Ferguson as Goober the Belch and more.
Several of the cast members are expected to return for the third and final installment, though the names have not yet been confirmed or announced.
No date has been set for the release of the film's official trailer, but "How to Train Your Dragon 3" has been confirmed for a theatrical run starting June 9, 2017.