Eager fans wondering if they would have a chance to return to the magical world of "How to Train Your Dragon" can rest easy. The lessons have only just begun.
According to Variety, DreamWorks has announced that the entire cast has signed on for a big budget, 3-D sequel -- with as many as nine more films to come.
Jay Baruchel, who provided the voice of lead character Hiccup, will be back and he'll have company, as Craig Ferguson (Gobber), America Ferrera (Astrid), Jonah Hill (Snotlout), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Fishlegs), T.J. Miller (Tuffnut) and Kristen Wiig (Ruffnut) have all agreed to a return trip to the Island of Berk.
Of course, the announcement doesn't come as a surprise, considering that DreamWorks and their stable of voice talent had a number of good reasons to make a sequel -- 489 million reasons, in fact. That's the worldwide take in dollars for "How to Train Your Dragon," which became a surprise mega-hit when it landed in theaters back in March, getting rave reviews from both critics and regular blokes as well.
If they play their cards right, DreamWorks may be sitting on a long-term goldmine that could ease the fiscal pain of their biggest series to date, "Shrek," ending earlier this summer.
"How to Train Your Dragon," which told the story of how Hiccup the Viking became unlikely friends with a young dragon named Toothless, was an adaptation of Cressida Cowell's children's book of the same name -- a book that, by the way, already has eight sequels out.
The as-yet unnamed sequel is expected to hit theaters in 2013.