Universal Pictures confirms a live-action remake of How to Train Your Dragon

The studio is currently casting actors that will feature in the live-action film, which is currently slated for a 2025 release.

The animated trilogy, How to Train Your Dragon, enjoyed critical and commercial success during its theatrical run between 2010 and 2019. It spawned three spinoff television series, as well as numerous live shows. The first, second, and third films garnered 99%, 91%, and 90% critic approval ratings on the review website Rotten Tomatoes respectively. Also, the three films grossed $1.63 billion at the box office against a budget of $439 million.

How to Train Your Dragon featured an ensemble cast that includes Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, and Kristen Wiig.

So, now, Universal Pictures wants to see if a live-action remake is going to work.

Universal confirmed last Wednesday that it is developing a live-action adaptation of the highly successful trilogy, which will premiere in cinemas on March 14, 2025. The announcement confirms earlier claims made last month.

An official statement by the entertainment behemoth stated that the "live-action adaptation of the blockbuster How to Train Your Dragon franchise will transport audiences for the first time into a new cinematic experience and a bold, thrilling new chapter in the beloved story of Viking Hiccup and his Night Fury dragon, Toothless."

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An action fantasy animated trilogy, How to Train Your Dragon is based on Cressida Cowell’s book series of the same name.

Set in the mythical village of Berk, the series follows Hiccup, the undersized teenage son of the village chief, who dreams of becoming a dragon slayer. In an attempt to realize his dream, he shoots down a rare and dangerous dragon, but he can’t bring himself to kill it. Instead, he treats the dragon’s injury, befriends it, and names it Toothless. With the aid of his dragon friend, Hiccup teaches his friends and fellow villagers how to train other dragons. In the end, they would need the dragons’ help to protect themselves from attackers. This creates a new era where humans and dragons live amongst each other peacefully.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Dean DeBlois, who wrote, directed, and produced the trilogy, will return in the same capacity for the live-action film. Apart from DeBlois, legendary producer Marc Platt and Adam Siegel are two other people who will serve as producers.

Apart from the planned release date, director, and producers, there is no other detail available on the planned film like the plotline and other crew members. However, the film will likely adapt the first installment in the original trilogy.

By the way, the original trilogy is available on Prime Video and Hulu for fans who want to visit the world of dragons again.

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