How To Train Your Dragon 3 suffers another delay

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 6 December 2016
Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett

The release date for 'How To Train Your Dragon 3' has been pushed back until 2019

The release of 'How To Train Your Dragon 3' has been delayed again.

The long-awaited release of the third movie in the franchise has been hindered by a variety of different issues and will now not hit cinema screens until March 2019.

'How To Train Your Dragon 3' was previously due to be released this year, before being changed to 2017 and more recently, to 2018.

In 2015, Dreamworks Animation chief Jeffrey Katzenberg said the biggest issue with scheduling times was due to the restructuring of Dreamworks - the movie production company - and conceded that the three-films-a-year plan was very ambitious.

The original 'How To Train Your Dragon' came to screens in 2010 and was a considerable success.

The movie introduced Hiccup, a misfit teenager who studies at a dragon-fighting school - and he tries to prove that he is a true viking.

'How To Train Your Dragon 2', meanwhile, was released in 2014 and saw Hiccup off on another adventure to discover unexplored lands.

The successful animation spawned a spin-off series for Netflix and it is believed that Dean Delois will return to direct with members of the original voice cast including Cate Blanchett and Jonah Hill.

In a previous interview, Dean said that fans could expect the third film to be a "culmination of Hiccup's coming of age".

The synopsis of the third movie said: "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."

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

  • 3 stars
  • 2019
  • US
  • 1h 44min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Dean DeBlois
  • Cast: Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, Cate Blanchett, Craig Ferguson, Jonah Hill, Kit Harington, Justin Rupple, Kristen Wiig, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, F. Murray Abraham, Gerard Butler
  • UK release: 1 February 2019

Hiccup (voiced by Baruchel) is now a chief with growing responsibilities, while Toothless the dragon is in love; but then dragon hunter Grimmel (Abraham) is determined to spoil people’s fun. The franchise is running out of steam; there’s too much going on and the central bond is obscured.