Last month executive producer Tim Johnson described DreamWorks’ forthcoming How to Train Your Dragon sequel as a “much bigger movie.” Today director Dean DeBlois (who co-directed the original alongside Chris Sanders) echoed Johnson’s sentiment by assuring fans of the 2010 hit that the follow-up will be “quite epic.” According to DeBlois, he is currently working on a second-draft of the sequel’s script (which Johnson claims is aiming for a fall 2013 release.) To check out more of what DeBlois had to say about the sequel and its role in the grand How to Train Your Dragon scheme of things, hit the jump.
In discussing the franchise with THR, DeBlois talked about expanding its world in the second installation:
“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 co-writer/director also talked about carving out the sequel’s place as the second part of a trilogy:
“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.”
Finally, producer Bonnie Arnold chimed in with some specifics about the types of adventures audiences can expect from the film:
“It’s going to be more fun adventures with Hiccup and Toothless. There will be some new dragons and maybe some new characters. It’s the further adventures of Hiccup on his journey of becoming a man and the ultimate leader of the Viking clan.”
If you’re looking forward to the How to Train Your Dragon sequel, you should also keep in mind that DreamWorks has a television series based on the franchise in the works as well. The series is shaping up for a 2012 release and should serve as a nice transition into the surefire hit’s 2013 theatrical release.