Given how successful the franchise has been up to this point, it’s a bit surprising that it’s taken so damn long for How To Train Your Dragon 3 to get off the ground. Granted, animated films often do have long productions, but still, the last film flew into theatres in 2014 and the threequel isn’t set to arrive until 2019. That’s a five year gap, which is a long time for any series – animated or not.
Still, interest in the franchise remains high, and fans are eager for any and all tidbits they can get their hands on as the long wait continues. Thankfully, star Jay Baruchel recently offered an update while speaking on the JoBlo Movie Show podcast, revealing that he’s already begun work on it.
I’ve already done a number of recording sessions for that one. Once every 2-4 months I will work for 2 hours and then that happens over the course of 3 years and then before I know it I’m at Cannes with a movie that people are like, ‘You don’t understand! This movie is the most important thing in the world to me!’ I felt like I fell ass-backwards into STAR WARS! It’s really cool. We’re well on the way to doing it. They take a lot of time to make so I don’t know when it’s coming, exactly.
When pressed for plot details, the actor remained tight-lipped. However, he did tease that the film will have the strongest story of the series thus far.
I’m not allowed to say anything. This is what I’ll say, and for whatever it’s worth I do swear that this is not just promo nonsense. It’s by far, the strongest of the stories (of the 3). It’s the movie that the series requires and deserves and it’s the rightful third chapter or third act, I should say. I don’t think anybody will be disappointed.
How to Train Your Dragon 3 is set to fly into theatres on March 1st, 2019, after being delayed a second time, and will apparently close out the franchise. Fans need not worry, however, as director Dean DeBlois has teased in the past that there might be some spinoffs in the pipeline. For the time being, though, it sounds like there’s a lot to look forward to with this third chapter and if Baruchel is to be believed, it’s definitely going to conclude the trilogy on a high note.