Joss Whedon Promises: New Dr. Horrible Soon, For Real, No Backsies
And So It Begins
Well, at least we’re hoping the no backsies part was implied.
Joss Whedon is a busy man, what with making The Avengers, filming an adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing on his vacation time, writing an entire screenplay for Cabin in the Woods and another movie (In Your Eyes) at some point and promising Warren Ellis that they’d finally make that Wastelanders series that they’ve been talking about for years…
So on top of all that, Whedon says, this summer is when the next installment of Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog is going to happen.
A lot has happened in the four years since the ’07-’08 writer’s strike when Dr. Horrible became an internet phenomenon. For one thing, writers aren’t striking anymore, so some of the television stars who had time to participate in it, like Neil Patrick Harris and Simon Helberg are back at work on How I Met Your Mother and The Big Bang Theory. Nathan Fillion is also busy on Castle at the moment, and since Whedon has released no plot details, it’s unclear whether Felicia Day‘s Penny (who dies at the end of Dr. Horrible) will appear.
According to Whedon, it’s only that busy-ness that’s kept everybody from getting back together for another installment, but everybody involved is starting to set aside time.
We’re stuck, basically, at this one part in the process. All of us are looking at this summer as the time when we can go, ‘Hey, you know what? We’ve got a little free time, let’s get unstuck.’ Neil has been like, ‘How long?’ We’re all sort of just waiting, but the waiting will stop.
Whedon says the trickiest part for him was getting back into songwriting mode, but nevetheless, he’s got a “number of songs” written, and “a whole outline.”
So there you have it, folks. Hunger Games comes out in a week, Korra in a month, Diablo III and The Avengers in two, and The Dark Knight Rises in four. And there’s a chance of feasting on set photos from the doctors Horrible and Who all summer long? There’s more than warm weather to look forward to.