DreamWorks Animation is bringing the How To Train Your Dragon franchise back to the small screen with an all-new series called Dragons: The Nine Kingdoms.
In continuation of the popular franchise films and previous series DreamWorks Dragons and DreamWorks Dragons: rescuers, the series will debut on Hulu and Peacock in December and apparently bring the dragons in our days. The new trailer for the series came with the announcement, as well as a first image from the show.
The synopsis for Dragons: The Nine Kingdoms reads: “In Dragons: The Nine Kingdoms, which takes place 1,300 years after the events of How to Train Your Dragon, dragons are nothing more than a legend in the modern world. When a geological anomaly opens a huge fissure several kilometers deep in the Earth’s surface, scientists from around the world gather at a new research center to study the mysterious phenomenon. Soon, a group of misfit children, brought to the site by their parents, discover the truth about dragons and where they hide – a secret they must keep to themselves in order to protect what they have discovered. . “
The series comes a few years after the last film, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, was released, and at the time, director Dean DeBlois said that if the franchise were to continue, it would require a drastic change to the franchise era in which it was defined because everything that could be done in the original had been.
“We really wanted it to be hopeful but also conclusive,” DeBlois said in an interview with CinemaBlend in 2019. “And I think what we tried to do was deliver a satisfying ending that meant finally that Hiccup and Toothless would separate, but also reassure the public, it was for the best, that we see them flourish in adulthood. For me, it’s a satisfying ending, and it was the intention, to really bring it back to the demise of the dragons and their fall into legend, but we the audience kind of know they still are. the. And beyond that, I don’t own the franchise, so I think if Dreamworks were to reopen it at some point, hopefully, it’s going to be a different timeline, different characters, with the history of Hiccup / Toothless remained intact. “
How to Train Your Original Dragon premiered in March 2010 and became an instant hit, taking just under $ 500 million out of its $ 165 million budget. With a star voice cast including Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Jonah Hill, Kristen Wiig, and David Tennant, the film led to two sequels, How to Train Your Dragon 2 in 2014 and How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World in 2019, which between them grossed over $ 1 billion at the global box office.
In addition to the two derived TV series, a number of short films are also released, including Legend of the Dragon Boneknapper, Book of Dragons, and Back home, some of which were broadcast on various channels of the network and on other versions of DVD movies. The franchise has also branched out into a number of books, comics, and video games, and clearly isn’t out of steam just yet. Bringing the Dragons into a current setting is likely to pave the way for a number of other spin-offs and the like in the future.
Dragons: The Nine Kingdoms premieres on Hulu and Peacock on December 23.