WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS!!
While attending the Visual Effects Society Awards, director Dean DeBlois talked about the third and, more than likely, final film in the How To Train Your Dragon series.
DeBlois confirms that Dragon 3 will end where Cressida Cowell's books begin...
... with Hiccup parting ways with Toothless.
"[Dragon 3 is] the culmination of Hiccup's coming of age. Both he and Toothless are now chiefs of their respective tribes, and it's a dueling story where you have both characters trying to do what's right for their kind, and an eventual outcome where Hiccup is able to stand on his own. We're gonna take the story to where the books begin, which is Hiccup as an adult reflecting back on a time where there were dragons, suggesting that the dragons will in some way go away. Why and could they come back and the mystery of what all that is will be saved for the actual story."
In the sequel, we will also get to learn a lot more about Drago (Djimon Hounsou), the villain who was introduced in the second film.
"You have to wait until the third film to actually see where Drago's character goes. He's a lot more complex than he's presented in this second installment."
DeBlois also gives an update on where he is at on the development stages of the popular animated saga.
"There were a few months of pitching outlines and making sure that everybody was content with where it was headed, and now I'm deep into the script. I'm about halfway through. I was literally working on it this afternoon before coming here. I have to hand it off pretty soon."
Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera and Cate Blanchett are all expected to return with the film currently scheduled for release June 29, 2018.
(Source: Dark Horizons)