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Dreamworks Delays ‘How to Train Your Dragon 3’ Yet Again, And Announces ‘Everest’

Dreamworks has again pushed back the release of How to Train Your Dragon 3, this time to March 1, 2019.

When the film was first announced in 2012, it was slated for release this year. It was later pushed back to 2017 and shifted again to 2018, before the most recent announcement that it held back until 2019.

Here’s the logline for the DeBlois-directed movie:

“As Hiccup fulfills his dream of creating a peaceful dragon utopia, 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.”

Dreamworks has also announced a date—September 27, 2019—for a new film, Everest, which will come from its Oriental Dreamworks division. Set in the Himalayas, the story is about a lost young Yeti (named Everest) and a “group of misfits” who attempt to reunite him with his family.

Everest directing chores are being handled by Tim Johnson (Home, Over the Hedge, Antz) and Todd Wilderman (Open Season 2) from a script by William Davies (How to Train Your Dragon, Puss In Boots). Suzanne Buirgy (Home, Kung Fu Panda 2) will produce.

The original idea for Everest, which sounds somewhat different from the current iteration, was conceived by industry veteran and Open Season co-director Jill Culton, who was also slated to be the director of the film. It’s not clear what, if any, involvement she has in the current film.

The Dreamworks Animation release schedule as of this moment looks as such:

  • The Boss Baby (March 31, 2017, 20th Century Fox)
  • Captain Underpants (June 2, 2017, 20th Century Fox)
  • Larrikins (February 16, 2018, Universal)
  • How to Train Your Dragon 3 (March 1, 2019, Universal)
  • Everest (September 27, 2019, Universal)
  • fernandafrick

    Wasn’t “Everest” a Jill Coulton project? I was exited to see another female director at Dreamworks :(

    • AmidAmidi

      Yes, good catch. I’ve updated the story to include this information.

  • Doconnor

    Everest is also the name of a pup from Paw Patrol who lives in the mountains. She probably is on as much merch as the entire Dreamworks’ library.

  • Phin68

    “Set in the Himalayas, the story is about a lost young Yeti (named Everest) and a “group of misfits” who attempt to reunite him with his family.”

    Finding Nemo/Dory? Is that you?

    • Exilov

      >implying Pixar is the only company allowed to make a film about a family reuniting with their kid
      >implying Pixar is the first company to make a film like this
      >forgetting “Ice Age”

      lel

      • Phin68

        Ok, I’ll give that to you. :D

  • Exilov

    So it seems like there’s no way around a Dragons v. Toy Story re-match at the Oscars, eh?

    As a HTTYD fan who desperately wants the franchise to have an Oscar, I don’t know how I feel about this news….

  • *Rubs forehead* I have no words. Nothing.

  • Mat Brunet (AniMat)

    It is rather interesting they delayed it once again, but at least they’re showing that they want it to happen and not ultimately drop it like The Croods 2. However, I do have a question that I’m surprised no one answered.

    If HTTYD 3 and Everest are coming out in 2019, where is Universal scheduling Shrek 5 and Shadows?

    I know that many won’t care about these films, but I’m just curious regarding where will they place those of if they ended up scrapped? Probably in 2020 or 2021, but I figured to bring it up just in case.

    • Hunson Abadeer

      Isn’t Edgar Wright directing Shadows? I’d imagine plenty of people would be interested in that, especially film geeks. Hell, this video alone proves why he’s one of the greats.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FOzD4Sfgag

    • Metlow Rovenstein

      I think Shadows and Shrek 5 are still targeted for 2019. However, with Universal wanting DWA to only reads one or two (moreso one) film per year, they might ultimately move the two to later release dates.

  • Johnny Marques

    Really hoping this delay is tied to them pulling all the stops to end the trilogy on a high note. The Dragon series is Dreamworks’ crown jewel (imo) and it would be a shame if they didn’t end it well.

  • Googamp32

    I can’t help but compare DreamWorks’ slate of upcoming movies to the famous Monty Python cheese shop sketch. They promise they have great things in store, but they keep disappointing at best, and infuriating us at worse.

  • No Croods sequel and HTTYD pushed back again. Not exciting news for DreamWorks right now (not to mention the layoffs recently).

    • Metlow Rovenstein

      I dunno. They might keep HTTYD 3 at that date and in production. I’m sure Comcast knows the series is a big hit.

  • Jason Pyktel

    They’ve really gone down hill. Not the once great they use to be.

  • Moonboy

    NBC/U is making the smart decision to finish the stories before starting production. Unfortunately, they are stripping the culture out of Dreamworks. The employees will soon be notified (or maybe just discover) that cash registers are going to appear in the Commissary after the Christmas break. Food for employees will still be free in 2017, but going away in 2018. Employees will have a monthly credit in 2017 and have to swipe their badge at the cash registers. But no more food for guests after Christmas. The third (and biggest) wave of layoffs is coming in February or early March. It’s sad.