DreamWorks appears to be following in the steps of Disney for creating live action remakes of beloved animated movies, starting with one of DreamWorks Animations’ highly regarded trilogy movie series How To Train Your Dragon. Dean DeBlois is the director as well as the writer. DeBlois was the original director of all three of the animated movies.
Universal has already set a date for when the feature will be released, which will be March 14, 2025. According to reported sources they are well into the development phase and are in the midst of the casting process.
This movie will mark the first time a live-action remake is being directed by the same as the one who created the animated movie versions. Because DeBluis has mainly animation experiences, veteran movie and theatre producer Marc Platt will be assisting him as he has produced many live action movies like Legally Blonde, La La Land, and most recently Disney’s live-action The Little Mermaid. Marc Platt is also producer of the movie adaptions of Wicked, Disney’s live-action Snow White, and the currently untitled Scott Pilgrim anime series.
The How To Train Your Dragon trilogy is loosely based on the 12-book series that was first published between 2003 to 2015 by UK author Cressida Cowell. The story is set in a fictional Viking time period centering about a young Viking named Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third, and his journey to ”becoming a hero, the hard way”. By year 2015, the book series had sold over seven million copies worldwide.
The first movie came to theaters in 2010, with co-directors DeBlois and Chris Sanders, with DeBlois directing the other two movies on his own. The other two movies came out in year 2014 and 2019. DreamWorks’ How To Train Your Dragonfocuses on the unlikely friendship between the young Viking Hiccup and an injured dragon named Toothless. What makes this trilogy interesting is the way they aged the characters within each movie, bringing about a sense of time passing by and things changing in life as they do in coming-of-age stories. The first movie was such a hit with audiences that it earned more than $1.6 billion at the box office.
The challenge for the live-action movie is how to find the balance between the cuteness of the dragons and the believability of the dragons being real in a live-action sort of way. That can either make or break a movie, among other things. How cartoonish should they go with the dragons, and how realistic should they be?
In the meantime, here are two fun clips on the Toothless character:
Will this mark the beginning of the DreamWorks live action remakes much in the same way Disney has become known for over the years? What do you think about the live action remake? Or the possibility of future remakes of other DreamWorks Animation films? Let us know!
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