It’s been more than two years since DreamWorks released How to Train Your Dragon 2, but both parties seemed invested in keeping this property alive. The thing is that a new sequel has been continuously delayed. How to Train Your Dragon 3 was once scheduled to hit theaters in June of this year, but in 2014 it was pushed it back to 2017. In January of last year, the film was pushed again to 2018, and now it has an even later release in 2019.
A press release from Universal announced How to Train Your Dragon 3 is scheduled for theaters on Friday, March 1, 2019 — a week before Captain Marvel starring Brie Larson arrives on March 8th.
This doesn’t necessarily mean the film is in trouble. The biggest issue with the scheduling has been the restructuring of DreamWorks and the three-films-a-year plan, which DWA chief Jeffrey Katzenberg said in 2015 was far too ambitious of an undertaking. These latest release shifts come after Comcast purchased DreamWorks for $3.8 million, putting the animation house in Universal’s wheelhouse.
HTTYD has been a pretty lucrative franchise, otherwise, spawning a spin-off series for Netflix, and Dean Delois is returning to direct with members of the original voice cast. He told Collider in a previous interview that the third film will be a “culmination of Hiccup’s coming of age.” Here’s the official synopsis:
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.
In addition, the DreamWorks film Everest, about “a group of misfits” who discover a Yeti named Everest, is scheduled for Friday, September 27, 2019. The film is directed by Tim Johnson (Home) and Todd Wilderman (Open Season 2).