Scheduled for release on March 14, 2025, a live-action adaptation of “How to Train Your Dragon” is set to soar into theaters.
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Dean DeBlois, the creative force behind the animated trilogy—comprising 2010’s “How to Train Your Dragon,” 2014’s “How to Train Your Dragon 2,” and 2019’s “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World”—is making a return to write and direct the latest installment in the beloved franchise.
The Oscar-nominated “How to Train Your Dragon” unfolds in the mythical Viking village of Berk, chronicling the adventures of a misfit teen named Hiccup who forms a bond with an injured dragon he names Toothless. This fantasy series, backed by Universal and DreamWorks and inspired by Cressida Cowell’s books, has amassed over $1.6 billion worldwide. Expanding beyond the big screen, their journeys have extended into three TV series—“DreamWorks Dragons,” “Rescue Riders,” and “The Nine Realms”—as well as theme park attractions and the live show, “How to Train Your Dragon on Ice.”
Before his involvement in the original “How to Train Your Dragon” trilogy, DeBlois collaborated with Chris Sanders on Disney’s “Lilo & Stitch” following their roles as co-heads of story for 1998’s “Mulan.” In addition to his duties as a writer and director, DeBlois will also take on the role of producer.
Marc Platt, a best picture nominee for “La La Land,” “Bridge of Spies,” and “Trial Of The Chicago 7,” is set to produce the film through his Universal-based company Marc Platt Productions, alongside Adam Siegel, president of Marc Platt Productions. Platt is currently engaged in the production of Universal’s film adaptation of “Wicked,” directed by Jon M. Chu and featuring Ariana Grande and Cynthia Erivo.
Universal’s VP of production development, Lexi Barta, will supervise the film on behalf of the studio.
DeBlois is represented by WME and Lichter Grossman Nichols Adler Feldman & Clark.