For those waiting for the next animated adventure of Hiccup and Toothless in How to Train Your Dragon 3, you'll have to wait nearly one year longer. DreamWorks Animation revealed today that it has pushed the animated sequel from May 18, 2018 to March 1, 2019, where it currently has that particular weekend all to itself. It will, however, debut just one week before Marvel's long-awaited Captain Marvel, starring Brie Larson as Carol Danvers, and two weeks after an untitled Universal monsters reboot project. Take a look at the new plot synopsis for How to Train Your Dragon 3 below.
"As Hiccup fulfills his dream of creating a peaceful dragon utopia, Toothless' discovery of an untamed, elusive mate draws the Night Fury away. When danger mounts at home and Hiccup's reign as village chief is tested, both dragon and rider must make impossible decisions to save their kind."
Back in October 2014, director Dean DeBlois revealed that the studio isn't planning a fourth installment of this animated franchise, but DreamWorks Animation may develop animated spin-offs instead. The director insisted that the How to Train Your Dragon story should be told in three movies, which the studio agrees with, although he wouldn't shed any light on what these potential spin-offs could center on. He did state in his 2014 interview that How to Train Your Dragon 3 would center on the notion of why all the dragons disappeared, which was suggested in the original books by Cressida Cowell.
As for the new release date, this is the third time that DreamWorks Animation has moved the date for How to Train Your Dragon 3. The studio had initially set the sequel to hit theaters on June 17, 2016, which would have put it up aginst this year's current domestic box office champ, Finding Dory, and the action-comedy hit Central Intelligence. The studio then shifted the date to June 9, 2017, and then to May 18, 2018 before settling on its March 1, 2019 date. If How to Train Your Dragon 3 would have stayed in the June 9, 2017 date, it would have gone up against Universal's The Mummy and Paramount's World War Z 2. As for the May 18, 2018 date, only an untitled LAIKA film is set for that date.
The last update we got on How to Train Your Dragon 3 was back in February 2015, when director Dean DeBlois revealed that this sequel was a "coming of age story." Deadline also reports that DreamWorks Animation has set a September 27, 2019 release date for Everest, which Tim Johnson and Todd Wilderman are directing from a script by William Davies, who also co-wrote How to Train Your Dragon 3. The story follows a group of misfits who come across a young Yeti named Everest, which leads them on a journey to return this magical creature to his family who live on Mount Everest.
Jay Baruchel (Hiccup), America Ferrera (Astrid) and Cate Blanchett (Valka) are expected to reprise their voice roles for How to Train Your Dragon 3, but no other cast members have been confirmed. Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders are directing from a script they both co-wrote with William Davies, based on the book by Cressida Cowell. How to Train Your Dragon earned $217.5 million domestically and $494.8 million worldwide from a $165 million production budget when it started the franchise back in 2010. The 2014 sequel How to Train Your Dragon 2 actually slipped a bit domestically ($177 million), but earned more internationally ($444.5 million) for a larger worldwide total of $621.5 million, from a $145 million budget.