Few film franchises get proper endings – studios will ride them until they wear out and then quietly kill them off in ignominy, leaving the last time we see a film series being a lackluster sequel.
In a new interview with EW, director Dean DeBlois has confirmed that Universal Pictures and DreamWorks Animation’s upcoming “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” is taking a different approach with the film set to serve as an ending for the entire franchise – not just the films but the TV series as well.
Speaking about the film’s storyline and plans, DeBlois says:
“We thought about it for a long time and came up with what we think is a bittersweet way to say goodbye to these characters, but the right way. You will understand why Hiccup says, as you heard in the trailer, ‘There were dragons when I was a boy.’ And by the end of this film, you’ll have answered the question [of] what could have happened to them.
The overall theme of the story is letting go, or finding the wisdom to let go, rather, [It applies to the non-human characters, too]… So much of Hiccup’s identity, as a leader and an adult, is because of his relationship with Toothless…But if Toothless is not there, who is Hiccup?”
“How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” sees Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) fulfilling his dream of creating a peaceful dragon utopia. When danger mounts at home and Hiccup’s reign as chief is tested, both dragon and rider must make impossible decisions to save their kind. The film opens March 1st 2019.