How to Train Your Dragon Live Action: All the Details

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to soar through the skies on the back of a magnificent dragon, with the wind rushing through your hair and the sun shining down upon you? For fans of the How to Train Your Dragon franchise, this dream is about to become a reality. 

The How to Train Your Dragon franchise by DreamWorks has had three animated films, along with several shows and shorts. Fans will be delighted to know that a new live-action movie is already in development. It will bring them back to the captivating world of Berk sooner than anticipated. As Hiccup, Astrid, Toothless, and their companions transition to living action, many questions will inevitably arise. To keep you in the know, I’ll provide all the details you need to be familiar with How to Train Your Dragon.

What is How to Train Your Dragon?

How to Train Your Dragon is a movie series based on Cressida Cowell’s novel series of the same name. The story is set in the Viking village of Berk, renowned for its dragon-slaying prowess. The protagonist, Hiccup, is the son of the village chief, Stoick the Vast. He is expected to slay a dragon as a rite of passage. However, Hiccup’s compassionate nature and his encounter with Toothless make him question the tradition of killing dragons.

The movie franchise depicts a compelling coming-of-age narrative. It intricately weaves high fantasy and family drama. Over the course of the trilogy, Hiccup matures into a remarkable leader. He transforms Berk from a society that hunted dragons to one that coexists with them in peace. The series is particularly endearing because it chronicles Hiccup’s personal growth from childhood to adulthood. It traces his evolution with each milestone.

The original trilogy of animated films generated more than $1.6 billion in box office revenue. All three movies were contenders for the Best Animated Film category at the Academy Awards. As the fantasy genre experiences a renaissance, thanks to shows like Rings of Power and House of the Dragon, Universal has decided to create its own fantasy project by reimagining How to Train Your Dragon. The upcoming movie will center on Hiccup’s initial encounter with Toothless. If it proves successful, it may expand into a full-scale fantasy epic adaptation of the entire trilogy.

Who is the Creative Force behind the How to Train Your Dragon Live Action?

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Dean DeBlois, the mind behind the original animated film, will be spearheading the upcoming live-action version of How to Train Your Dragon. It is set to release in 2025. DeBlois will have creative control over the project. He takes on the roles of writer, director, and producer. DeBlois promises a faithful adaptation of the source material with fresh and innovative elements, similar to Neil Druckmann’s contributions to both The Last of Us video game and HBO series.

Universal Pictures, the parent company of DreamWorks Animation, will fund the film. Although no actors have been confirmed for the movie yet, the release date is already set for March 14, 2025. As the release date approaches, casting details are likely to emerge in the upcoming months.

How to Train Your Dragon Universe: A Comprehensive Overview

As we gear up for the live-action adaptation of How to Train Your Dragon, it’s worth reflecting on the remarkable growth of the animated franchise in such a short span of time. Here is a breakdown of the complete How to Train Your Dragon universe in chronological order:

How to Train Your Dragon Trilogy 

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The movie trilogy chronicles the journey of Hiccup, a once-timid boy who evolves into a courageous leader. The films, including How to Train Your Dragon, How to Train Your Dragon 2, and How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, were released between 2010 and 2019. These are widely regarded as one of the best-animated trilogies of all time.

The DreamWorks Dragons Animated Series

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An essential component of the How to Train Your Dragon universe, the various animated shows offer episodic tales that expand the franchise by delving into the backstories of supporting characters and exploring smaller stories within the Dragons universe. Dragons, for instance, follows Hiccup and his pals, highlighting events that occur between the first and second films.

Riders of Berk, Defenders of Berk, and Race to the Edge 

There are shows that provide an even deeper dive into the Dragon’s world while working in conjunction with feature films. These series explore the story’s lore-heavy aspects and flesh out the relationships between Hiccup, his companions, and most crucially, Berk and its connection with Dragons. The shows contain multiple storylines throughout all three iterations of the series

Dragons: The Nine Realms 

Taking place 1,300 years following the events of How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, this sequel series presents Dragons as a distant memory, legends from a forgotten era. Presently, a group of kids discovers the truth about Dragons. It also explores where they’ve been hiding all these years.

Dragons: The Nine Realms introduces a completely new cast of characters. It expands on the established lore of the How to Train Your Dragon universe. This series skews toward a younger demographic than the earlier films and shows. But it still offers something worth exploring for fans who want to continue their journey through this imaginative world.

Wrap Up!

In conclusion, the live-action adaptation of How to Train Your Dragon promises to be an exciting and magical journey. It is a must-watch for fans of the beloved franchise. With a stunning visual effect and a script that stays true to the heart of the original story, this film has all the makings of a blockbuster hit. Whether you’re a long-time fan or a newcomer to the world of dragons, this movie is sure to captivate and inspire. So mark your calendars and get ready to soar into an incredible world of adventure, as How to Train Your Dragon takes flight like never before.

Joanne Wells

Joanne Wells is a media journalist for ScreenNearYou. She reports on the inside conversations in Hollywood. Also, she loves pizza!

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