DreamWorks, The Latest Animation News

REPORT: ‘How to Train Your Dragon 3’ Will Aim for PG-13 Rating!

Share on Pinterest


We are still a long way away from How to Train Your Dragon 3, the third and final film in Dean DeBlois’ epic saga of a boy and his dragon. Traditionally, the Dragons franchise is know for taking daring risks in places where perhaps other animated films wouldn’t dare to go. That tradition seems poised to continue now that Dean and company have come clean on what boundaries they intend to break in the final film.

According to an exclusive report from Variety, Dean DeBlois revealed to the publication that the final script for How to Train Your Dragon 3 will aim for a PG-13 rating!

“This is the final film in the trilogy and quite possibly the last time I will be involved with the franchise on this level, so I wanted to draft a script that I felt was true to the spirit of the trilogy and was the right way to end it,” DeBlois told Variety.

When pressed about why the film will receive a PG-13 rating when previous films stayed within the PG area, DeBlois responded: “I didn’t write the screenplay with the intention of getting a PG-13 rating, but I wanted this film to end the way that I had envisioned since pitching the trilogy to Jeffrey [Katzenberg] seven years ago. There was no way that I could betray that.” He later revealed that he had numerous conversations with Katzenberg about the screenplay and expressed his surprise that the CEO of a major animation company was letting him move forward on this. “I have a great creative relationship with Jeffrey, but I also understand that he has a studio to run. But for him to let me make the movie I wanted to make was truly a pioneering moment, because nobody else is doing it.”

Variety also spoke to Bonnie Arnold, the current co-president of feature animation for DreamWorks Animation and the producer of the Dragons films, who had this to say about the script: “What Dean wrote is absolutely wonderful. There’s nothing overly violent or gory or anything else, but there are several key scenes in the script that are…more intense than anything that was shown in Dragons one or two. The stakes are real, the danger is real, and it is probably the darkest film yet. It’s a testament to how brave Dean is as a storyteller and I can’t wait for the world to see it.”

Currently, storyboards and concept art for the film are being drafted. When asked for any clues about what might happen in the film, DeBlois replied with this: “Some of the characters that we’ve come know, human and dragon, might not make it to the end.” Guess away, Dragons fans!

(Read the original article here.)

What do you think? Will How to Train Your Dragon 3 work with a PG-13 rating?

Edited by: Hannah Wilkes

Share on Pinterest

About Brandon Smith

Brandon is your average nerd with a love for nerdy things (games, comics, anime/manga, etc.). He also loves reading and writing and plans to be an author someday. For now, he writes with passion and curiosity about the world of animation. He lives with his family in North Carolina and is currently attending college.
  • Nathan C.

    This will certainly help DreamWorks’ case when competing with Pixar’s Toy Story 4, I’ll tell you that. 😉

    • Manuel Orozco

      I’m looking forward to both movies and I have no doubt we will be in for some friendly competing.

    • MegaCake1234 .

      Let’s play name the release Holiday shall we?

  • Sebastian

    The question is if this is REAL especially on this day. From another source related to Dean Deblois there was a hint that HTTYD3 would be set 3 years later from the 2nd film. I don’t know if this is real or not but I do have a lot of faith in Dean on this film, he’s a great storyteller and from his perspective I like how he wants to end this trilogy with daring risks.

    • Manuel Orozco

      I think it is real but not about the PG-13 rating.

    • Look at the link at the end of the article.

  • Callum Joynes

    If only this was real…

  • Manuel Orozco

    I’m cautiously looking forward to the end of the Dragons trilogy but this PG-13 rating stuff is really ridiculous. For the past two years since HTTYD 2, I’ve always knew the day will soon come when we would have to say goodbye for now to this amazing franchise. This has been quite an adventure for us all who have been with Hiccup and Toothless these past several years. I only ask two favors to end the movie and they are to not separate the duo and have John Powell write an end credits song for Idina Menzel (Elsa in Frozen), Josh Groban or Celine Dion.

    • brandon

      While the PG-13 stuff is questionable (read the link for more), Dean DeBlois has made no assurances that the duo will remain together before the end credits. In fact, the 12th book in Cressida Cowell’s book series has the duo go their separate ways (for reasons I won’t spoil here). Dean has said in the past the the books and the film will come to a similar conclusion, to take from that what you will.

      Also, if John Powell writes an end credits song for anybody, it will for Jonsi. Why run to anybody else when they can come full circle with a musician they’ve worked with since the first film?

      • Manuel Orozco

        I was mentioning that because of a petition on Change.org to not separate Hiccup and Toothless. Also I think John would possibly write for a more popular artist.

        • brandon

          Be that as it may, but come 2018 I would like to see the movie that Dean DeBlois wants to make and not the one that fans want to see.

          Also, I might be wrong but John hasn’t written songs for any other artist than Jonsi, and he ceratinly hasn’t made the effort to collaborate with another artist anywhere else (see: “Where No One Goes”). If we get an end credits song for HTTYD3, it will be sung by Jonsi.

          • Manuel Orozco

            Oh well. But no matter what happens in 2018, here’s to hoping the end will leave us forever in debit to Jay, Gerald, America, Cate, Jonah, Kristin and Craig for what they created and what they professionally gained from these past few years.

      • Manuel Orozco

        By the way, the link was an April Fool’s joke

        • brandon

          Exactly 😉

          • Manuel Orozco

            But they can’t fool me that easily with everything else said here

  • Katie

    If only it wasn’t April Fool’s. Remember when Disney bought the rights to “Anastasia” last year and was going to make a live- action remake? Ah, good times 😉

    • Manuel Orozco

      And it wasn’t even real. I hope yesterday’s news of Snow White being remade with Rose Red is a joke.

    • Baymax

      yes. my comment 1 year ago:

      Baymax • a year ago

      What the f**k!!! I…. dunno…….uh……… wait is this a joke? Don, why did you do this to me? Remember, you are a Disney Defector. Tell bob iger noooooooo! before it’s too late! If you make a remake, I want to see you make it. Not bob. I am going through a rush of emotions as a mega don bluth fan. ???

      good times 🙂

  • Leah

    I would love it if this was real. I’m a huge HTTYD fan. Bracing myself for tears for the 3rd movie…

    • Manuel Orozco

      I’m bracing myself for tears as well

  • Jean Edwards

    Is it going to be one of those pg13 films that makes you more emotional than a pg18 film?

  • April Fool’s. Like Katzenberg would agree to a PG-13 film. Not even Disney or Don Bluth has the guts to do that.

    • Manuel Orozco

      Disney only does that for Marvel and Pirates of the Carribean

      • anonymous_persons

        And Star Wars, and John Carter, and Saving Mr Banks, and The Finest Hours (upcoming)

        • Manuel Orozco

          I kinda left that out. Sorry

        • The Whisperer of Death

          I love how you had to keep on adding to the list.

    • The Whisperer of Death

      There is character death in every one of their films. Or at least 90% of them.
      You can’t spell Disney without the beginning of Die

      • Yeah, but the rating is STILL going to be PG.

        • The Whisperer of Death

          I sincerely hope not. And if it does go to a higher rating, parents will have no excuse for their kids to not see it when their taking them to see Deadpool and Sausage Party.

  • April Fool’s? Yep. Called it!

    • Manuel Orozco

      You really fooled me super easy

  • Jessica

    God, I hate April Fools.

  • Honestly if this wasn’t an April Fool’s joke I wouldn’t mind, I think this series could pull this off indeed somehow!

  • I wouldn’t mind this if it were real, maybe after Sausage Party becomes a hit will this become a reality.

  • HttydLover13

    Well I’m an idiot…i read this whole thing not knowing it was April Fool’s xD

  • Dishan Dishan

    All I hope for is toothless and will be friends once again after they had fight you can’t break just their friendship by a make them adult or for any reason Dean DeBlois because the movie is known for the bond between hiccup and toothless and it is not just friendship it is more than that. Please don’t seperate them at the end please I’m begging you. Even if you make them separate please make a reboot of how to train your dragon movie but there should be toothless and hiccup. Please somebody let this message know to Dean DeBlois. Anybody who knows Dean DeBlois email or any mail sent it to dishanth2001@gmail.com or atleast sent me by replying to this post.

    • Manuel Orozco

      As much as I love the bond they share, I won’t mind what happens to them as long as the third movie doesn’t have a downer ending. The previous movie provided the surprising ultimate test of their surrogate brotherhood. This upcoming installment who knows what will occur. Other than that, I’m on your side.

  • Rosa


    He has already killed Stoick in the second movie, and he wasn’t “making the movie he wanted to make” yet…

    What will happen now?


    • Manuel Orozco

      Believe me, I didn’t see it coming and I felt Stoick’s death was too soon just when we were in for a pitch perfect happy family reunion.

  • Abby

    No, no, no! That’s not supposed to happen! I am twelve years old, and I love how to train your dragon. Hiccup inspires me- he proves that the geek can be the hero if they just act like themselves- no need do follow the crowd. Is it really really necessary to turn the part 3 into some sinister pg-13 movie?! You filmakers should be ashamed- what would Cressida Cowell think?