Is the live-action adaptation of ‘How To Train Your Dragon’ delayed due to actors strike?

Another theatrical release date has been changed due to the ongoing actors strike, which has now lasted 113 days. However, the good news is that this delay will not affect the release of How to Train Your Dragon in 2024. The live-action adaptation of the popular animated film, produced by Universal and DreamWorks Animation, was initially scheduled to hit theaters on March 14, 2025, but will now be released on Friday, June 13, 2025.

It seems that Universal had already reserved this later date on the calendar, anticipating the possibility of a delayed release due to the strike.

As a result, March 14, 2025, is now empty of any wide releases. However, the new release date for How to Train Your Dragon seems to have a Pixar movie scheduled alongside it, though it remains untitled for now.

The upcoming live-action adaptation of How to Train Your Dragon is written and directed by Dean DeBlois, a three-time Academy Award nominee. DeBlois has also written and directed the entire Dragon trilogy, which is based on the best-selling book series by Cressida Cowell. The film will be produced by Marc Platt, a three-time Oscar nominee known for his work on La La Land and Bridge of Spies, along with DeBlois and Emmy winner Adam Siegel, who has previously worked on 2 Guns and Drive. The Dragon trilogy has been incredibly successful, grossing over $1.6 billion worldwide and receiving four Oscar nominations. In addition, How to Train Your Dragon 2 also won a Golden Globe award.

The story of How to Train Your Dragon revolves around a young Viking who dreams of hunting dragons but instead becomes friends with a young dragon, discovering that these creatures are not what he initially assumed.

Furthermore, Universal has announced another untitled event movie set to be released on Wednesday, July 2, 2025.

It’s worth noting that there are several untitled placeholders throughout the 2024 calendar for major studios. It remains to be seen whether these are genuine dates or simply temporary holds that will be moved in the future.