A sign that creativity can never be repressed, geek guru Joss Whedon took full advantage of the writers’ strike a few years back by shooting Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.
Just 40 minutes in length, the musical comedy starred Nathan Fillion, Felicia Day and Neil Patrick Harris, and was a roaring online success.
Now comes news that a sequel is in the making, and could be a full-blown cinema-hogging feature film, instead of a web-flick reserved for in-the-know techie nerds.
MTV had a quiet natter with this year’s Oscar host Neil Patrick Harris recently, who said: “Apparently they're making a Dr. Horrible sequel, a feature film I hope… I hope they cast me in it… We'll see.”
Anything else to add? Well... “I don't know what scale, they're talking all options, because they made the first Dr. Horrible in five days on no budget at all…
“You don't want to make the feature film be an $80 million giant movie, because it defeats the purpose of what the first film was made to be, but then again you don't want it to be so low brow that it's not worth paying money to see as a movie.
“I don't think it will be on the internet, I think it will probably be a film.”
All that’s stopping production at the moment is pinning down the original’s team – no mean feat considering these are busy, in-demand Hollywood types, involved in various big and small screen productions.
But a feature sequel would be a dream come true for Whedonites still mourning the loss of Dollhouse and the Cabin In The Woods date shuffle.
While the original Dr. Horrible was by no means a masterpiece – erring on the side of camp, and with the odd duff note – we’d pay good money to let Whedon unleash the idea onto the big screen with a bigger budget.
Verdict? Yes, please! Why? Well, this clip speaks for itself...
Care to join us in a shoulder wiggle?