Jeffrey Katzenberg is nothing if not ambitious. Whenever DreamWorks Animation has a success story, the prolific producer and studio chief will milk the property for all its worth with numerous sequels, TV show spin-offs and more.
That oversaturation has led to suggestions that the company cares far more about the bottom line than the quality of its product, not helped by some of the poor critical reviews for its sequels.
One franchise it owns that bucks that trend though is “How to Train Your Dragon”. Scoring both critical and box-office love for its two films so far, there has been the concern that Katzenberg’s ambitious plans for at least four (if not more) films in that series could sour the public’s appreciation of it.
Speaking with Collider, “How to Train Your Dragon 3” director Dean DeBlois says he convinced his boss that the upcoming film should close out the franchise and wrap up the storylines rather than letting it continue ad infinitum with a fourth film and beyond:
“I think I’ve talked [Jeffrey Katzenberg] down from that (laughs). There may be spinoffs to come, but my involvement and my dedication to completing a story that has a reason for being and a strong sense of integrity and three chapters I think is in place and intact. Everybody seems to be in agreement that we’re moving in the right direction.
Just this past Thursday I presented the outline for the film and I’m gonna take a two week break, but after that I’ll be working on the screenplay and hopefully turning the first draft in by the end of the year. So all is going well. It continues to be the third act of this trilogy and we get to see Hiccup’s coming of age come to a completion.”
The final installment will reportedly focus on what actually happened to the dragons and why there are no more. The film is currently targeting a June 9th 2017 release.