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Not too long ago, we reported on How to Train Your Dragon producer Tim Johnson declaring it still “very early” to discuss the sequel to the critically acclaimed DreamWorks animated film. Since then a few weeks have passed, which director Dean DeBlois apparently feels is enough time to now reveal a few details of the impending film.
“I turned in the script before the holidays, and got some notes back and I’m working on a second draft,” DeBlois told The Hollywood Reporter at Saturday’s Annie Awards. “It’s going to 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.”
When people say “first act,” they usually mean as part of a three-act story. DeBlois confirmed this, adding, “The only way of tracing the story is to draw on elements that were in the first movie and set up 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.”
Add on the fact that, along with the sequel, DreamWorks has set into motion a television series, and it certainly looks like these dragons aren’t going extinct anytime soon.