While Joss Whedon has been a geek icon for well over a decade, there’s no denying that his star has risen quite a bit since he introduced the world to Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog back in 2008. While Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel were successful enough to merit lengthy runs, his other shows hadn’t been as successful, with Firefly‘s wound still unhealed and Dollhouse about to bring the pain anew. As much as we fans might have always had his back, could anyone have honestly foreseen that, just a few years later, Joss would be directing The Avengers?
But while Joss may be focused on superheroes, woodland cabins, and Shakespeare these days, he hasn’t forgotten about some of the beloved properties that paved the way to his current success. Case in point: Whedon told crowds at Austin’s South by Southwest festival that he is hoping to begin production on a Doctor Horrible sequel as early as this summer.
As reported by Wired, Whedon said that “We are hard on it. It’s been a really tough year — couple of years — partially, I’m happy to say, because of work.” Whedon added that they have an outline for the next Horrible installment written, as well as several songs. Apparently the main obstacle standing in the way is finding a gap in the schedule of all those involved. Co-stars Neil Patrick Harris, Felicia Day, and Nathan Fillion have all become considerably busier in the intervening years, with Harris and Fillion appearing as regulars on network series (on How I Met Your Mother and Castle, respectively), and Day having become the hardest working lady in geek culture, thanks to The Guild and her other projects.
“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,’” said Whedon. “Neil has been like, ‘How long?’ We’re all sort of just waiting, but the waiting will stop.”
The original Dr. Horrible was created during the 2007-2008 Writers Guild Strike, basically as something to do while Whedon and others were prevented from writing on movie and film projects. It went on to become a huge success, with the proceeds from iTunes and DVD sales going to charity. It will be interesting to see what a sequel has to offer, now that all involved have gone on to bigger fame, and presumably a bigger budget.