It’s been six years since Joss Whedon, his brothers Zack and Jed and Jed’s wife Maurissa Tancharoen, took the internet by storm with their independently funded, internet distributed musical comedy miniseries “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.” Fans have been hoping for a sequel for sometime. While we may not get the sequel anytime soon it does look like it will be happening.
On Friday Entertainment Weekly received a statement from Jed Whedon that said they are working on a sequel and it “will exist.” However they just have to find time to make the thing.
“We know we have spoken publicly about a sequel in the near distance and our passion to create it, and I promise we have not been insincere. Horrible is still one of our favorite creations by humans who were also us. We have many songs written and the plot outlined, but needless to say, we’ve been busy. Joss has had a hectic couple of years and is in the middle of the busiest year of his life, as is Zack and as are we. Also the actors have other things they’re acting in, I think. So the future is uncertain, our passion remains. DH2 will exist, in some format or another, at some point in the future. Unfortunately, the when is still unclear.”
For those unfamiliar with “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along-Blog,” it was an independent project created during the 2007-2008 Writer’s Guild of America strike. According to Joss “The idea was to make it on the fly, on the cheap – but to make it. To turn out a really thrilling, professionalish piece of entertainment specifically for the internet. To show how much could be done with very little. To show the world there is another way. To give the public (and in particular you guys) something for all your support and patience.”
Neil Patrick Harris stars in the miniseries as Dr. Horrible, an aspiring super villain who is trying to get into the Evil League of Evil while also trying to win the heart of Penny, a sweet kind hearted girl played by Felicia Day. However standing in the way of both goals is Captain Hammer, the “hero” played by Nathan Fillion.
Reception to the miniseries was very positive. It won the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Online Sensation and the 2009 Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form. It also won seven awards the inaugural Streamy Awards and a Creative Arts Emmy. Like Whedon’s other projects it has inspired a massive folloowing.
We may not see a sequel to “Dr. Horrible” for a while as the creators have a lot on their plates at the moment. Joss is of course busy with the Avengers sequel; Jed and his wife Maurissa are the writers on “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D;” Zack is working on “The Red Road” series for Sundance Channel and also started writing the six-issue comic series “Serenity: Leaves on the Wind” for Dark Horse.
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