How To Train Your Dragon is getting a live-action makeover.

Universal Pictures is putting a How To Train Your Dragon live-action film into development from Dean DeBlois, the filmmaker behind the original animated trilogy of films. He’s back as writer, director, and producer on the upcoming feature.

The project is already in the development process and even has a release date slated. How To Train Your Dragon is set for a March 14th, 2025 release in theaters. Their sources also say that casting is underway for the film.

The live-action film will adapt the animated movies released in the 2010s. The first movie, released in 2010, was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Animated Film and Best Score. The second and third films also earned nods for Best Animated Film. All three films have grossed over $1.6 Billion at the global box office. It’s also spawned several television series that aired on Cartoon Network, Netflix, and Hulu.

The animated films adapted the books by Cressida Cowell that focused on a special friendship between a young Viking boy named HIccup and Toothless the Dragon. Throughout the series, they aged the characters up, instead of keeping them around the same age, so it matched its coming-of-age theme.

DeBlois is making his live-action directorial debut with the film.

This is a big swing from Universal who, if this pays off, could try to make live-action adaptations of some of the other Dreamworks and Illumination films they have under their control. This is the first time a live-action remake is being handled by the same creator as the animated version.

We’ll have to see how it turns out when the film releases in 2025.

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