Last year it was confirmed that Jay Baruchel, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, T.J. Miller and Kristen Wiig will reprise their speaking roles in How to Train Your Dragon 2, and pre-production is currently under-way at DreamWorks.
Nothing has been heard since, however co-director Dean DeBlois, who is hard at work on a second draft of the script, has spoken about some things we can expect in the sequel.
“It’s going to be quite epic. We are treating How To Train Your Dragon as the first act in a much larger story. As we head into this one, the world expands. Everything is much bigger with still the heartfelt qualities that made the first one resonate so much with audiences. There are no longer restrictions to this tiny island in the North Sea. They have the entire Northern hemisphere within their grasp. The only way of tracing the story is to draw on elements that were in the first movie and set up elements for a third movie, so it doesn’t feel like a random adventure with the same five or six characters. This truly is a second chapter in a larger story.”
Producer Bonnie Arnold also said that we can expect “some new dragons and maybe some new characters” and that the film will follow more “adventures of Hiccup on his journey of becoming a man and the ultimate leader of the Viking clan.”
The current aim is to release the sequel in 2013, and as Cressida Cowell’s book series contains 8 books in total there will be a wealth of material to draw from.