Dreamworks is planning to end the How to Train Your Dragon franchise with The Hidden World next year, and as it turns out, the film has already finished, and author of the original books Cressida Cowell has already seen it.
Cowell just shared this on Twitter:
It’s worth noting that though the films are based on the books, they are very different when it comes to the overall story. In the books, Hiccup still starts out as a wimpy kid, but over the course of 12 novels, he grows to become one of the most respected Vikings in his village. Unlike the film’s black Night Fury, Toothless in the books is a classified as a Seadragonus Giganticus Maximus, and he’s more green in the color scheme department.
Though the films do stray from the source material, it doesn’t seem that Cowell is taking things too hard. After all, How to Train Your Dragon is a children’s book series, and the films have actually changed the story to handle a more mature audience. I guess one of the great things about HTTYD is that the audience grows along with Hiccup as the films are released. By the time the franchise ends, the kids who were there to catch the first movie would grown by nine years.
Now chief and ruler of Berk alongside Astrid, Hiccup has created a gloriously chaotic dragon utopia. When the sudden appearance of female Light Fury coincides with the darkest threat their village has ever faced, Hiccup and Toothless must leave the only home they’ve known and journey to a hidden world thought only to exist in myth. As their true destines are revealed, dragon and rider will fight together—to the very ends of the Earth—to protect everything they’ve grown to treasure.
Catch How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World in theaters Feb. 22, 2019.