Universal has revealed plans to release a live-action film adaptation of DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon in 2025, which will see Toothless again taking to the skies.
“How to Train Your Dragon” is an animated movie that tells the story of a young Viking boy named Hiccup who lives in a world where his people have a long-standing tradition of fighting and killing dragons. However, Hiccup is different from his fellow Vikings in that he is not interested in fighting and instead wants to understand and befriend dragons.
One day, Hiccup comes across a rare and elusive dragon called a Night Fury, and he manages to injure it. However, instead of killing the dragon as his people would expect him to do, Hiccup decides to help the dragon and earns its trust. Together, they embark on a journey of discovery and understanding, as Hiccup learns about dragons and his own potential.
As Hiccup’s friendship with the Night Fury grows, he begins to challenge his people’s beliefs about dragons and tries to show them that they are not the vicious beasts they have always believed them to be. However, his efforts are met with resistance, and he must find a way to convince his people to change their ways before it’s too late.
“How to Train Your Dragon” is a heartwarming and entertaining movie that teaches important lessons about friendship, acceptance, and the power of individuality.
Dean DeBlois, the writer and director of the Academy Award-nominated trilogy – “How to Train Your Dragon” from 2010, “How to Train Your Dragon 2” from 2014, and “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” from 2019 – will be the one entrusted with the film. His involvement guarantees the movie will be in capable hands, and his past works were recognized by the Academy with Best Animated Feature nominations. “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” brought a satisfying conclusion to the series.
Based on Cressida Cowell’s books, the series made over $1.6 billion globally for Universal and DreamWorks and resulted in the creation of three TV shows – DreamWorks Dragons, Rescue Riders, and The Nine Realms. In addition, the franchise also inspired theme park attractions and a live family performance called How to Train Your Dragon on Ice.
DeBlois, who has previously collaborated with Disney on successful projects such as Lilo & Stitch and Mulan, is now working on the live-action adaptation of Lilo & Stitch, which is currently in pre-production. Meanwhile, the production team for the live-action version of How to Train Your Dragon includes three-time Oscar® nominee Marc Platt (known for his work on La La Land and Bridge of Spies), DeBlois himself, and Emmy award winner Adam Siegel (who has worked on 2 Guns and Drive).
The main cast of the original trilogy included Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, and Kristen Wiig.
You can look forward to the live-action adaptation of How to Train Your Dragon, which is scheduled to be released on March 14, 2025.
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