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Is ‘How To Train Your Dragon 4’ on the Horizon?

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How To Train Your Dragon 2 may be opening in a few weeks, but the series’ third installment was already set in stone as far back as September 2012 when DreamWorks unveiled a tentative feature film slate that capped off with that very film at summer 2016. The third film is still set to come out in the summer of 2016, but now talks of a fourth film has surfaced.

Here is what series composer John Powell had to say…

“I saw Dean in Cannes, we had a premiere of the film there, and he was very merry and a bit drunk and he sort of knew about [How to Train Your Dragon 3] and I think it was mentioned to him by Jeffrey that maybe they would do ’4.’ And that was definitely, I think, a real kind of eye-opener for Dean and for me because it’s like, ‘Hey, I thought this was a trilogy?’ (Laughs.) So I don’t know, and it might be good because he’s got a lot of story left to tell, so maybe splitting it into two will work, but I just don’t know about that yet. I’m supposing that at the moment, Dean has an idea for the third one and he isn’t telling any of us yet.”

This isn’t surprising, considering the success of the series so far (including the well-liked and successful TV series that’s now moving to Netflix) and the fact that the source material spans multiple books. There’s so much to explore, plus DreamWorks had similar – if not bigger – ambitions for other franchises. Four years ago, it was announced that there would be two Kung Fu Panda trilogies (after the third one comes out in 2015, we’ll see if we’ll get 3 more or not) and a fourth Madagascar, which could still very well be in the cards. Heck, there’s talk of a fifth Shrek!

All that aside, Powell implied that How To Train Your Dragon 3 could be split into two movies much like the finales of the Harry Potter, Twilight and Divergent film series. It seems like a trend that’s slowly but surely catching on, with Independence Day‘s sequel supposedly being part one of a two-part epic (ID Forever), one Marvel movie I won’t mention for the sake of those who did not see said film, and perhaps more Part 2 movies planned.

With a lot to mine from, DreamWorks will most likely move forward with How To Train Your Dragon 4. If the second film is a smash hit (which it most likely will, thanks to strong marketing and goodwill carried over from the first film), then we’ll probably start hearing more about it.

Do you think they should make ‘How To Train Your Dragon 4’? Do you think the third film will be split into two parts? Sound off below!

(via Screen Rant)

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  • tt

    that’s it. its getting milked. lets see if DreamWorks can do the Toy Story movie for this franchise.

    • What do you expect? It IS DreamWorks Animation. Look at how the Shrek franchise turned out. The Madagascar franchise was never really good, so there is only hope for this and Kung Fu Panda.

  • Fadi Antwan

    I don’t even like it that much, and honestly, I feel like there is little hype for the second one so far. I mean, compared to Frozen and Big Hero 6. xD

    • tt

      actually, frozen had no hype whatsoever before the film. big hero 6 has even less hypes. if u go online, u would know that HTTYD2 is extremely hyped and people keep talking about it. while people have no idea what BH6 is

      • Fadi Antwan

        I meant here, on Rotoscopers.com

        • AnimatedMadness

          Consider this the beginning of the hype then, I’ve seen it! It is THE BEST THING DREAMWORKS HAS MADE, EVER! I loved every minute of it!

          • EllaCedar13

            HYPE! HYPE! HYPE! ONLY THREE MORE DAYS UNTIL THE US RELEASE DATE!!!!!

          • AnimatedMadness

            Your mind will be blown! I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did!

      • Trev

        Frozen had no hype? Disney and animation fans were in a frenzy up until the release. And they went insane after the teaser trailer disappointed. Though Big Hero 6, sadly, is having little traction so far, but hopefully that’ll change once we see some more details.

  • Anthony Raphael

    They need to stop, there is a big chance that it might not even do well in the box office, yes maybe in the USA but internationally, you never know, they need to stop getting ahead of themselves and see how the sequel does

  • Biblio-Phil

    #awhellnaw

  • EllaCedar13

    I feel like they should stop while they’re on top, although I wouldn’t mind if HTTYD 3 was in 2 parts. (Also, what would everyone think about the last movie-or two?- being PG-13?)

    • vinegar

      This would, never, ever, ever happen. I think the lower-than-expected opening for HTTYD2 has completely nixed that possibility forever. I am all for making animated films more mature and not talking down to their audience but I think that backfired for this movie. There was so much talk of it being dark that it scared off parents from taking their kids. That wouldn’t be a problem if older audiences were ready to accept that animation is a MEDIUM and not a genre, but this movie proved that they aren’t. Older audiences still hold that stigma of animated films being childish (and the marketing didn’t help all that much either). Imagine if the film was rated PG-13, completely eliminating its childrens demographic entirely. It would have tanked, even though the movie itself is perfectly good and could be enjoyed by anyone of any age if they gave it a chance.

  • Haley TheRadiant

    YAY I love HTTYD!

  • George Comerci

    It sounds interesting, but I just want it to end as a trilogy. Unless the story keeps going and going, like Harry Potter, more than three films is just too much.

  • While I DO think this film will outgross the first by a lot, they need to relax. I do not want this franchise, and the Kung Fu Panda franchises to be ruined like the Shrek franchise was (the Madagascar films were never good). And now they have more plans for these films? Let’s not forget that there is a Croods 2 I believe. I wish DreamWorks had some dignity.

  • In the words of the esteemed philosopher P. Rappa T. Rapper: “Money money money, is all ya need.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzrb-FN_5Ko

    Milk it dry, there, Dreamworks. Sell out until there’s nothing left to sell. Dignity is clearly for chumps. :/

    • brandon

      A quote here from Kristen Chong, who works for DWA’s marketing team: ” if (on the slight chance) HTTYD4 gets greenlit, I would feel confident about it because I know for sure that Dean would never agree to anything that didn’t serve the story he wants to tell.”

      From her tumblr: http://kris0ten.tumblr.com/

      • You’ll forgive me if I don’t take the good intentions of someone who works for a marketing team with anything but a huge grain of salt. I’ve been burned too many times before in this industry, so I generally wait to see with my own two eyes what transpires rather than listen to PR. 🙂

        • brandon

          Fair enough. If it’s the same to you, she also took the news with a grain of salt as well.

          But again, rather more of this than Shrek :/

          • Agreed. Shrek was a fun ride and now it’s time to let him alone. 🙂

      • AnimationGuy

        its not over its just ogre

        • EllaCedar13

          Wocka wocka wocka!

          • Mike

            Ah, puns and corny jokes…… How you delight me…

  • brandon

    Dean DuBlois is a fantastic storyteller (what animation really needs more of) and I’m 100% behind his vision for the franchise. That said, I think I (as a director) would only agree to doing a fourth film only if the ideas for the third got to large to where eventually one film won’t cut it.

    I actually think it’s a cool idea if they want to do a two-part conclusion to the series (if only for the fact that it’s an idea that hasn’t been done in animation yet).

    Still, I wholeheatedly support Dean and his incredible team at DWA, whether or not the story ends with a third or fourth movie.

  • Max den Hartog

    I really love this franchise and since Dean DeBlois wrote the second and third one as a trilogy (Some characters and storylines in Dragons 2 will be expanded in Dragons 3), I’d love to just stay it as a trilogy. However, Dean DeBlois is an amazing writer and director, so if he can pull of an even better screenplay for a fourth movie, why not?

  • EllaCedar13

    I feel like this could almost be the next Harry Potter if done well enough.

  • kamal kishorelayoutspark

    now this seems boring ………stop.

  • wcrfan126 .

    Well I think HTTYD2 will do great, and a third movie would be awesome! I would love to know Hiccup and Toothless’s life after the surprising ending the second one had! However, I don’t think a fourth one is necessary. I would love a third one! But in my opinion, a fourth would just be too much. But you know, that’s what I think now! I mean who knows, maybe after the third one, I’ll want a fourth one! We’ll just have to wait until 2016.

  • Heather

    NO, NO, NO, NO. I will happily sit through a 3 or 4 hour film!

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