In a recent interview with Collider, writer and director Dean DeBlois discusses How to Train Your Dragon 3. He talked about the plot of the new movie as well as some character details, the ending, and offered an update on the script.
“There were a few months of pitching outlines and making sure that everybody was content with where it was headed, and now I’m deep into the script. I’m about halfway through. I was literally working on it this afternoon before coming here. I have to hand it off pretty soon.”
When it comes to what he has included in that script, it’s been revealed that this third movie is planned as the final step in Hiccup’s coming of age story, and that the film franchise will end where author Cressida Cowell’s book series began.
SPOILERS ahead for anyone that hasn’t read the books:
“[Dragon 3 is] the culmination of Hiccup’s coming of age. Both he and Toothless are now chiefs of their respective tribes, and it’s a dueling story where you have both characters trying to do what’s right for their kind, and an eventual outcome where Hiccup is able to stand on his own. We’re gonna take the story to where the books begin, which is Hiccup as an adult reflecting back on a time where there were dragons, suggesting that the dragons will in some way go away. Why and could they come back and the mystery of what all that is will be saved for the actual story.”
“You have to wait until the third film to actually see where Drago’s character goes. He’s a lot more complex than he’s presented in this second installment.”
Release Date June 29th, 2018.