Next year, we’ll finally get a new How to Train Your Dragon movie, and now the title of the third installment has been revealed. How to Train Your Dragon 3 will officially be titled How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World. There will be a special sneak peek at the upcoming sequel at this year’s Annecy International Animation Film Festival, and per Variety, “Attendees to the festival will learn more about the making of the film as part of an extended presentation on DreamWorks Animation’s films and the work of “How to Train Your Dragon” director Dean DeBlois. The presentation will take place on Thursday, June 14, in the festival’s main venue, the Bonlieu Theater.”
It will be interesting to see where they take the film franchise from here, and if there will be any tie-ins to the on-going animated series Race to the Edge. How to Train Your Dragon has been far and away one of DreamWorks best animated franchises, and I’m excited to see where they go with it next. What’s also curious is that Variety lists the cast as Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, and Craig Ferguson, which is surprising since [spoiler alert] Butler’s character died in How to Train Your Dragon 2.
Universal has also released a brief synopsis for How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World:
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.
That sound like a pretty interesting plot since it’s doing more with Toothless as a character and pitting him against Hiccup not because he’s being controlled by a bigger dragon (like in HTTYD 2), but because he has his own motives.
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is set to open in theaters on March 1, 2019.