The Three Investigators are back and in this reboot subtitled, Descent of the Dragon, the cast has changed. From American to German talents, the reasoning is because this popular book franchise didn’t wane by much over the decades in other countries, whereas in America, it’s been largely forgotten. It’s sad, as I grew up on these books over Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew.
The last two feature films were released back in 2007 (Secret of Skeleton Island) and 2009 (Secret of Haunted Castle). These adaptations of the novels aren’t hugely successful, and perhaps that’s because Terror Castle was the book title rather than film, which may have led some to not realise a sequel was made. Although much time has passed since then, 2023 marks the possible return of the series at least in Germany. In that country, this film is titled Die Drei ??? – Erbe des Drachen.
With Sony Pictures local division involved, I’m hopeful it won’t remain a regional release for long. Fans can reach out to this studio through social media to ask for a wider release. I didn’t notice until information about this film was brought up recently on Reddit, and I feel they deserve a new life back in the country where the story was first penned.
Based on the trailer, The Three Investigators: Descent of the Dragon makes the team even younger, as tweens, and remains faithful to the core foundations of what made this series great. They head to Romania because Peter’s father is working on a movie production, and he’s allowed the lads to come along. Jupiter Jones and Bob Andrews aren’t tagging along just because they can. Instead, they’re a tight knit group who love a paranormal story, and when things go awry while on a working vacation, the question of what is real or imagined is as good as a Scooby Doo work. They’re interning on the film set of “Dracula Rises.”
But here, when they discover that somehow the case of a missing boy from 50 years ago, a mysterious order and also the castle they’re in somehow connect, the mystery is one they have to take a crack at!
The visual elements in the trailer is all I have to go by until an English dub is offered. Hopefully it’ll be available for streaming or international distribution later this year. It’d be a shame to limit this take to Europe when there’s still fans living elsewhere around the world.