A live-action adaptation of How to Train Your Dragon is on its way with a confirmed release date of 14 March 2025. Universal Pictures recently greenlit the movie which will be written, directed and produced by Dean DeBlois, who previously directed the entire animated trilogy.
The original animated trilogy of How to Train Your Dragon followed the adventures of Hiccup, a young viking who befriends a dragon named Toothless. Together, they stop various threats from destroying their village and take to the skies to uncover new truths about the race of dragons. All three DreamWorks movies received critical acclaim and went on to accumulate over $1.5 billion collectively at the worldwide box office.
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Prior to directing the How to Train Your Dragon trilogy, DeBlois previously wrote and directed 2002’s Lilo & Stitch and was credited as a story co-head for 1998’s Mulan.
Details are scarce on the live-action adaptation. It’s unclear if the voice actors from the animated movies will reprise their roles as the characters, but given their age, it’s likely that we’ll see a new, younger cast take the spotlight. Jay Baruchel voiced Hiccup in the animated movies with a stellar cast that included Gerard Butler, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Kristen Wiig, Cate Blanchett and Djimon Hounsou, among others.
A divisive trend has been going on for a few years now about Hollywood adapting beloved animated movies into live-action format. While 2016’s The Jungle Book turned out to be one of the better examples, other attempts like Mulan, The Lion King and Pinocchio fell flat with critics and fans. Hopefully this adaptation of How to Train Your Dragon turns out to be one of the good ones, especially with the original writer and director behind the project.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter