Joss Whedon says that the long-awaited sequel to his 2008 made-for-Internet hit “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog” is still in the works, reports Variety.com.
“The Avengers” writer-director hopes to get it into production “within the next year,” Whedon told the trade publication.
The Emmy-winning “Dr. Horrible” stars Neil Patrick Harris as the titular wannabe super-villain, Nathan Fillion as the smarmy superhero who continually defeats him, Felicia Day as the fetching do-gooder they both desire and Simon Helberg as the doctor’s sidekick Moist.
It will make its television premiere Oct. 9 when the CW airs the tunefully oddball 42-minute tale as the kickoff to the launch of its fall season.
One of the major obstacles to producing the sequel has been the fact that Whedon keeps “employing the people who will work on it” in other capacities, he told Variety.
The original “Dr. Horrible” was penned by Whedon and his brothers, Jed and Zack Whedon, and Maurissa Tancharoen. Jed Whedon and Tancharoen worked for Joss on his 2009-10 Fox drama “Dollhouse,” and they have been recruited to help him co-write a pilot for ABC and Marvel TV this year based on Nick Fury’s S.H.I.E.L.D. espionage organization featured in “The Avengers.”
The storyline of the TV series will be “autonomous” to the features, Joss Whedon told Variety. If the ABC pilot is ordered to series, Jed Whedon and Tancharoen would serve as show-runners with Jeffrey Bell.
Plus, Joss Whedon will return to write and direct “The Avengers” sequel, which is is already slated for a May 2015 release.
I know it makes me a complete geek that I’m almost more excited about the “Dr. Horrible” sequel than “The Avengers” sequel. But I’m OK with that.