Dr. Horrible 2 Coming This Year?
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, The Avenger’s director Joss Whedon said that despite many high profile projects this year, he would also like to produce a sequel to his cult hit web mini-series, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-A-Long Blog.
The interview was published in January. For some reason, people only started noticing this week:
“We really want to shoot it next year. We feel strong about the idea and we have a bunch of stuff written,” said Whedon, who is currently directing the pilot episode of Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D. series while also writing the script for the sequel to The Avengers, plus prepping the release plan for his film adaptation of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, due in theaters this summer. In between: The occasional napping.
Whedon explained that in addition to creative control and gratification, smaller projects like Horrible allow him to stay in touch with fans during the years it takes to produce a major motion picture. He worries that viewers might lose interest after having seen his work once a week (during the run of television shows like Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Firefly).
Really?! Mr. Whedon, let me say: we’ll wait, if you need more time to do stuff.
Not that I’m not thrilled by the prospect of Dr. Horrible 2. The original told the story of Dr. Horrible, a love-lorn aspiring supervillain (Neil Patrick Harris) who pines for a girl at his laundromat (Felicia Day). He battles his archnemesis Captain Hammer (“Corporate Tool,” played by Whedon regular Nathan Fillion) as he tries to win a spot on the Evil League of Evil. Oh yeah, and Dr. Horrible maintains a video blog and bursts into song throughout.
Created during the Writers’ Strike of 2008, Horrible was meant to inspire creatives to take matters into their own hands. And it sort of did- the series is awesome. But it also gave the sense that you could only create a successful web series if you were Joss Whedon.
I’m interested to see what will happen in Horrible 2. The original seemed to end rather conclusively and pessimistically- what will be the new driving conflict, then? What do you think?