Storyboarding Underway for HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2

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The sequel to How to Train Your Dragon has over three years to plan for its June 20, 2014 release.  To match the heartwarming excellence of the original, DreamWorks Animation is going to enter into production right about… now.  Writer/director Dean DeBlois spoke a the dedication of USC’s new Marilyn and Jeffrey Katzenberg Center for Animation recently, and informed the audience that several drafts of the script have been completed and the filmmakers have just begun the storyboarding process.

Jay Baruchel, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, T.J. Miller, Kristen Wiig, and Gerard Butler are all set to reprise their roles from the first movie.  Hit the jump for more on How to Train Your Dragon 2, including plot details and its place in a planned trilogy.

dean-deblois-imageHeat Vision provides the synopsis:

“The story will move beyond the small, North Sea island that was the setting of the original film as it traces the further adventures of Hiccup as he grows toward becoming the leader of his Viking clan.”

DeBlois elaborated on his plans for the series as a whole:

“There are certain characters and situations that come into play in the second film that will becomes much more crucial to the story by the third. Other threads from the first will begin to pay themselves off in the second.  It’s my way of guaranteeing that it is not another adventure that we throw the same five or six characters into, that it feels like part of a larger story.”

This sentiment echoes DeBlois’ comments from February:

“We are treating How To Train Your Dragon as the first act in a much larger story. As we head into this one, the world expands. Everything is much bigger with still the heartfelt qualities that made the first one resonate so much with audiences. There are no longer restrictions to this tiny island in the North Sea. They have the entire Northern hemisphere within their grasp… The only way of tracing the story is to draw on elements that were in the first movie and set up elements for a third movie, so it doesn’t feel like a random adventure with the same five or six characters. This truly is a second chapter in a larger story.”

I’m eager to return to the Dragon universe — it’s even more encouraging since DeBlois is focused on arcing the story rather than repurposing the first movie’s plot. Years of pre-production is a luxury not often encountered in the studio system. Can’t wait to see what they do with it.

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  • IllusionOfLife

    Is Chris Sanders still attached to this project? It’s great that DeBlois is back, but it’d be a shame if Sanders wasn’t doing the film with him.

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  • terence

    I love the first movie so much =D i cant wait for the second one , Dreamworks FTW !

  • marimar

    I love the first movie and the short film gift of the night fury,my question is will there be a love connection between toothless and another night fury in the 2nd movie?And will there be another enemy hiccup might face?

  • Kidversion

    Deblois good luck! Make. It. BIG!

    Dreamworks do a good job!

    Waiting eagerly! Don’t dissapoint me and thousands of others!

    DON’T slip up!

    Thank you.

    ~KidV

  • Maria J.

    This is FANTASTIC! I’ve been waiting to see Toothless again, and I hope he DOES meet a female Night Fury! DreamWorks will do great with this one!!

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  • Ricardo Tolbert

    I hope there’s a war between another Viking tribe or something. It would be interesting to see what they come up with in the second movie’s plot. Creativity! Let it floooowwww!!!!!

  • DWfan

    I love love loved the first one! Please don’t be like Ice Age and how they got sloppy with it.

  • Gymnast776

    I absolutely LOVED the first one. I wonder what the main event will be in the second. I’m so exited for it to com out!!!

  • NightFurrrrrrry

    Woot yeah! Theres going to be a 2nd and a 3rd How to Train Your Dragon!! Love the movie so much >:3

  • Анна

    Блин.Мне очень понравилась первая часть.Поскорее бы вышла хотя бы часть фильма Как приручить дракона 2.А то смотреть из мультфильмов не чего.Посоветуйте фильм.

  • Dahiru muh’d

    I can’t wait 2 c d sequel.detoist make it look like war b/w virkins wid other tribes.

  • Dahiru muh\’d

    I can\’t wait 2 c d sequel.detoist make it look like war b/w virkins wid other tribes.

  • Dahiru muh\\\’d

    I can\\\’t wait 2 c d sequel.detoist make it look like war b/w virkins wid other tribes.

  • siobhan

    i love the movie i hope they do the 2 and 3rd movie but i dont want there to be another night fury its great thats toothless is the the only one of his kind but hes like the lone wolf or in this case the lone dragon :)

  • michelle

    I want toothless met other night fury’s and maybe a girl fury! I all ways see in my mind that toothless meet’s a girl fury with blue eyes, and I hope it’s true!!

    • learnt to spell

      to meet* always* you can’t see in your mind you picture in your mind*

  • michelle

    I want toothless met other night fury\’s and maybe a girl fury! I all ways see in my mind that toothless meet\’s a girl fury with blue eyes, and I hope it\’s true!!

  • michelle

    O M G! 3 NEW MOVIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Barb

    Looking forward to #2 & 3, as long as they don’t do something stupid like killing off Toothless for the sake of “drama”.

  • jackie

    did anyone read between the lines there?? Allow me to break it down…

    “There are certain characters and situations that come into playp in the second film that will becomes much more crucial to the story by the third. ”

    this screams- enemy, possible war, maybe a kidnapping to get to Hiccup and force him to train dragons for someone. thi s will NOT be a quick fix in the second movie.. it will probably leave off a cliff hanger with the conclusion being the third movie. this is an awsome progression, and works well, like in star wars series.

    Other threads from the first will begin to pay themselves off in the second. It’s my way of guaranteeing that it is not another adventure that we throw the same five or six characters into, that it feels like part of a larger story.”

    OK..I interpret this as- hiccup and astrid, there will definately be a deeper releationship-99% of the fans want to see Hiccup and Astrid get together/married. It would be very unwise for dreamworks to do otherwise- so that is one situation and characters that need to come into play. The others I think are: Stoic and hiccup’s relationship, and the rivalray with snotlout for ceartain. I also feel Heather will come into play here again too.

    The story will move beyond the small, North Sea island that was the setting of the original film as it traces the further adventures of Hiccup as he grows toward becoming the leader of his Viking clan.”

    OK..that speaks for itself, at least the part of expanding past Berk/ :now, leader of the viking clan…this suggest character age progression-something that is awsome in films and movies-not like the flipping simpsons, who never age….and something that works well here. the part that concerns me? ‘grows toward becoming leader of the viking clan-Stoic would have to step down as Chief….or…..be over thrown… or killed! a possible clue?

    my opinion? As the tv serires and the shorts -gift of night fury and book of dragons- is supposed to be a bridge to the second then the third movies (A brilliant move, btw, and rarely done) I see maybe a combined forces of Alvin and the outcasts, along with the berserkers led by deruk the derranged. (Sp?) I see them either being forced off Berk to find a new home, or taken as slaves (which is what vikings did to those they captured), or- a kidnapping- someone finds out who are closest to Hiccup’s heart, and strikes at the core. I have a horrid feeling that Stoic may die. I hope There is a female night fury-maybe on the opposing side? I see a deep rivalry between snotlout and hiccup, and maybe a feud over astrid? I see a possible betrayal of snotlout and maybe mildew. I think they will be older- and dreamworks hasn’t held back in making this real/adult like. They have a lot of viking realissim implied (As the Deranged one said..his father..was ….) and stoic willing to kill the deranged one was a perfect example. and has anyone seen the outtakes, the way hiccup looked at astrid as she climbed the shelf when he sharpened her axe? there is no sugar coating for little ones there. so I wouldnt be surprised if there are hinted at adult themes at times….and they are teenagers! diddnt stop harry potter, nd because iti s animated doesnt mean crap these days. soo..be prepared, the adventures are going to be amazing.

  • Alyssa

    I love the first movie soooooooo much! I could watch it all day everyday over and over!!!!! Im so exited there will be a 2nd. AND A 3rd!!!!!

    • Ava

      AND MAYBE A FOURTH!!! ACCKKKKK

  • Proud2beMexican

    I’m really hoping for a love interest like a female Night Fury for Toothless! I wonder how creative and funny the next movie will be, can’t wait!

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