Team Whedon’s online musical “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog” surprised a lot of people in 2008 when the first chapter of the three-act production went live with stars Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Fillion, and Felicia Day. The project went on to spawn prequels and spin-offs in the comic book world, a hit album and fast-selling DVD, and as many expected, an as-yet-untitled sequel.
However, when we caught up with Dr. Horrible himself, Harris told MTV News he expects the sequel to take on a notably different form than its predecessor — namely, as a feature-length film that debuts offline rather than on the Web.
“Apparently they’re making a ’Dr. Horrible’ sequel — a feature film, I hope,” laughed Harris. “I hope they cast me in it — we’ll see.”
“That’s their plan,” he reiterated when asked whether a feature-film was indeed the preferred format for the sequel. “I don’t know of what scale. They’re talking all options, because they made the first ’Dr. Horrible’ in five days on no budget at all — that was its intention.”
“You don’t want to necessarily make the feature film be an $80 million giant movie, because it defeats the purpose of what the first film was made to be,” he explained. “Then again, you don’t want it to be so low-brow that it’s not worth paying money to see as a movie.”
However, Harris was quick to add that nothing is set in stone at this point, and he’s only guessing at the plans “Dr. Horrible” creators Joss Whedon, his brothers Zack and Jed Whedon, and Maurissa Tancharoen have for the follow-up project.
“I don’t know what their plans are, but I don’t think it will be on the Internet,” he added. “I think it will probably be a film. Now we have to figure out everyone’s schedules.”
With each of the principal characters in the original “Dr. Horrible” heavily involved in their own projects — Harris with “How I Met Your Mother,” Fillion with “Castle,” and Day with “The Guild” — the actor said the main obstacle at the moment is simply finding a time when the stars align for all of them.
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