One of the casualties, and maybe even causes of the recent dissent at DreamWorks Animation is the hugely popular How To Train Your Dragon franchise. The second film was expected by many to be among the highest grossing films of the year. Despite the film being a worthy follow-up to the first movie, however, it disappointed financially. It was one of many recent disappointments for the studio, which in turn was forced to make some huge cutbacks. The third film was delayed one year, then pushed back another.
So the original 2016 release date has become a 2018 release date, which is just fine for writer and director Dean DeBlois. That gives him more time to get everything right with How to Train Your Dragon 3. In a new interview, he hinted at the structure of the film, some character stuff, once again discussed the ending and offered an update on the script. Read about the How to Train Your Dragon 3 plot and more below. Read More »
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The animation world was rocked this week as Dreamworks Animation closed its PDI Studio in northern California. The closure comes as part of an expected round of Dreamworks Animation layoffs, but the 500 jobs that were cut this week far exceeded expectations, and the closure of the studio had not been predicted at all. Along with these layoffs comes a significant reduction in production, as the company’s planned three film per year output will now back off to only two films: one original per year, and one sequel.
Along with this closure comes another push for the How to Train Your Dragon 3 release date — the film will now arrive in 2018. Read More »
Posted on Friday, November 21st, 2014 by Angie Han
We’ve got some sequel-related odds and ends to take you into the weekend. After the jump:
- Jennifer Aniston makes a Horrible Bosses 3 casting suggestion
- Scooby-Doo and WrestleMania will team up once more
- Den DeBlois gives a How to Train Your Dragon 3 status update
- Producer wants Jonathan Levine to write Warm Bodies 2
- That “leaked” Ghostbusters 3 script from 2009 is a fake
- Now You See Me 2 makes room for Sanaa Lathan
- Andy Serkis says the Apes franchise might go beyond a trilogy
- Flip through some Night at the Museum 3 character posters
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Posted on Friday, October 17th, 2014 by Angie Han
Actually completing a tale shouldn’t feel like a bold choice. But in an era when every major studio effort seems to be made with not just a sequel but an entire Marvel-style universe in mind, true endings are rarer than they should be. Instead, we get plot threads left dangling for installments on end, epilogues awkwardly tacked on at the last minute, and single stories split into two or three pieces.
So kudos to How to Train Your Dragon director Dean DeBlois for sticking with his three-film plan. While DreamWorks Animation head Jeffrey Katzenberg has hinted at the possibility of a How to Train Your Dragon 4, it seems DeBlois is sticking to his guns. Although he says spinoffs aren’t out of the question. Hit the jump for DeBlois’ comments.
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How to Train Your Dragon 2 wasn’t an out and out critical smash, but the film has performed well at the box office. Dreamworks Animation announced today that the film has hit the $600m milestone across the globe, with a $174m domestic tally. But the next film in the series won’t be rushed out the door. While the third adventure of Hiccup and Toothless was originally set for June 2016 (on the same date as Shane Black’s just-dated The Nice Guys, and Finding Dory) the sequel has now been pushed back. We don’t have an official line on what sees How to Train Your Dragon 3 delayed, but what info we do have is below.
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As film fanatics, it’s in our nature to want more. It’s not enough to be satisfied How To Train Your Dragon 2 is opening next week. A movie that’s just as wonderful, if not more so, than the original. No, we have to look ahead. We have to look forward to June 17, 2016‘s How To Train Your Dragon 3, and maybe beyond.
Since development on the sequel began, writer/director Dean DeBlois has been very upfront in saying How To Train Your Dragon 2 is the middle chapter in a larger saga. A trilogy that will end in 2016’s How To Train Your Dragon 3, announced in 2012. Now with Part 2 almost in theaters, he’s begun to divulge a bit about the third film, specifically how the ending of the series will tie back into Cressida Cowell‘s original books.
Also, one of the trilogy’s key components, composer John Powell, suggested that third film might actually be split into two, making the trilogy a quadrilogy. Read DeBlois’ quotes about How To Train Your Dragon 3 and Powell’s quotes about a possible How To Train Your Dragon 4 below. Read More »
Posted on Friday, November 2nd, 2012 by Angie Han
Time for a quick rundown of the latest sequel news. After the jump:
- Breaking Dawn Part 2 ending is different from the book’s
- Also, Stephenie Meyer has more ideas for Twilight tales
- Universal’s The Best Man 2 is coming next November
- DreamWorks is “looking at” How to Train Your Dragon 3
- Fox will air a How to Train Your Dragon special in December
- See the tracklist for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
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Most movie studios release information about their upcoming slates a year or two at a time. But today DreamWorks Animation released a four-year slate, driven in part by the new distribution deal the company has with Fox, as well as the long lead time needed to make animated films, and also perhaps by the not-so-hot view of the publicly-traded company on Wall Street.
We’ve known that DA has a mind towards heavy sequel production, and that is reflected in this slate, with dates for two more How to Train Your Dragon films, another Kung Fu Panda sequel, and another Madagascar spinoff. But, in addition to films we know about (The Croods, Turbo) there are some other new projects that adapt kids books, and more details on the previously-announced animated Bollywood-style musical. Read More »