Yep, it’s disappointing news to fans of the How to Train Your Dragon series like myself. I thought the second film was even better than the first and delivered on so many levels, and couldn’t wait for the third film in the trilogy. However, it didn’t perform as well at the box office as expected so there were initially rumours that film number three may not be made at all but they were soon dispelled. However, the project was delayed till 2017, then 2018….and now 2019, March 1 to be precise. DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg said back in 2018 that the delay was due to the company downsizing and reducing their output from three to two films a year..”
“The number one priority for DreamWorks Animation’s core film business is to deliver consistent, creative and financial success,” said CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg at the time. I am confident that this strategic plan will deliver great films, better box office results, and growing profitability across our complementary businesses.”
I’m not entirely sure why the release date has now been put even further back and let’s just hope that this will be it.
Five years after Hiccup and Toothless have successfully united dragons and vikings on the island of Berk, Toothless’ discovery of an untamed, elusive mate draws the Night Fury away. When danger mounts at home and Hiccup’s reign as village chief is tested, both dragon and rider must make impossible decisions to save their kind.
Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera and Cate Blanchett are set to return as Hiccup, Astrid and Valka respectively, while Dean DeBlois again writes and directs.