Annie Awards: 'How to Train Your Dragon 2' Director on Toothless' Storyline in Next Film

"I'm halfway through the script," said writer-director Dean DeBlois, as 'Dragon 2' won six Annies, including best animated feature and best director.
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At Saturday's Annie Awards, Dean DeBlois — the writer-director of Dreamworks Animation's How to Train Your Dragon 2 — discussed his plans to give Toothless a bigger role in the third film of the trilogy.

During the ceremony, held at UCLA's Royce Hall, Dragon 2 dominated the competition with six awards, including best animated feature and best director for DeBlois.

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Catching up with The Hollywood Reporter, DeBlois said of the third film: "I'm halfway through the script. It continues to track Hiccup's coming of age, but it's also equally shared now that Hiccup and Toothless are chiefs of their clans. The story also follows Toothless' storyline, and I think audiences will like that because they seem to respond well to Toothless' antics and what seems to be going on in his head."

Academy Award-nominated Dragon 2 picks up five years after the story in the Oscar-nominated 2010 film. DeBlois said the third installment would "continue to play with the timeline, but the story itself doesn't jump years ahead; it actually plays back in time and forward. So there's an element of meeting Hiccup at different period of his life.

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"This is the last one that I'll be directing," he confirmed. "This [trilogy] tracks the completion of Hiccup's coming of age and ends this specific story. If the How to Train Your Dragon world leads to more sequels, I think it will be in a creatively different direction. It's a possibility but not something that I'm currently developing."

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