While it’s been three long years since Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog debuted, those involved have certainly gone on to a lot more notice and a variety of projects. But one thing sticks in the back of the minds of the numerous fans of it is whether there will be more. Considering the projects the cast and crew are involved in these days, it certainly makes it hard, especially with Joss Whedon working on The Avengers, even as his brother whispers the idea of taking Dr. Horrible off-Broadway with longer songs and fleshing it out a bit more. The New York Times Arts Beat caught up with Whedon on the anniversary of the project and covered a lot of ground, including the question about where they’ll go from there.
Q. What about producing it Off Broadway? Or even on Broadway?
A. We have spoken of that much. Especially every time Jed comes back from New York – “We’ve just got to do it! Come on, we just write some more songs to make these longer!” Because some of us have sat through “Spider-Man.”
Q. Does that include you?
A. [after a pause] I neither confirm nor deny. And you kind of go, “Hey, let’s do something for no money.” Which is the same feeling we had about TV and movies when we made “Dr. Horrible.” But I would say my heart is more in the idea of the sequel. We’ve done a lot of work on it.
A. Oh, yeah. We’ve got several songs near completion and we’ve got a very specific structure. We’ve just all got jobs. And it’s not like Neil, Nathan and Felicia ain’t busy either. We get together at Christmas and family occasions, and then play each other our partial songs and go, “Yup, that’s still exactly as it was the last time we played it. We’re great.” It’s bad.
Q. Is there anything you can say yet about what the “Dr. Horrible” sequel will be?
A. It’s going to be “Dr. Horrible and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.” And it’s going to be just as good as the other one. I don’t know why people are upset about that title. And by the way, by the time we finish it, Neil will be just as old. No, I’m not saying anything.
Chris has been writing about anime, manga, movies and comics for well on twenty years now. He began AnimeOnDVD.com back in 1998 and has covered nearly every anime release that’s come out in the US ever since.