'Dr. Horrible' sequel on the way (eventually)
April 19th, 2011
05:18 PM ET

'Dr. Horrible' sequel on the way (eventually)

The long-discussed sequel to the Emmy-winning Internet musical "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog" is at least a little closer to reality. Writer-director Joss Whedon ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer") told the New York Times, "We’ve done a lot of work on it."

The three-part short - which has a companion book that was just released in stores - starred Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Fillion, Felicia Day and Simon Helberg, and originally streamed online in 2008. It immediately became a sensation, especially among Whedon's legion of devoted fans, who often perform it at conventions.

(It also increased the fanbase of all four actors, including "Castle" star Fillion and Day, whose own web series, "The Guild," is currently filming a fifth season.)

"We’ve got several songs near completion and we’ve got a very specific structure," said Whedon. "We’ve just all got jobs. And it’s not like Neil, Nathan and Felicia ain’t busy either."

Indeed, Whedon will be rather busy over the next year, writing and directing "The Avengers," (which includes actors from "Iron Man") and this summer's "Thor" and "Captain America."

Whedon is still interested in working in the strictly-online realm, as well. "I talked at great length and planned at great length the idea of a portal and putting shows together, having an Internet identity and starting my own little micro-studio," he told the paper. "Nobody in town was interested, and then by the time they were, 'Avengers' came around."

In the meantime, that other superhero project, with a considerably bigger budget and the first day of production approaching, demands the jocular Whedon's attention. "I’m going to get started on the script now. Apparently that’s a thing."

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