“How to Train Your Dragon” co-director Dean DeBlois says the upcoming sequel to the acclaimed DreamWorks Animation hit will be “quite epic”.
“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” he tells The Hollywood Reporter.
DeBlois will write and direct the sequel, while his original co-director Chris Sanders will serve as executive producer. The aim isn’t to do just another standalone either – “The only way of tracing the story is to draw on elements that were in the first movie and set up for 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,” he says.
Producer Bonnie Arnold adds “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.”