Thursday, June 26, 2008

Just a little tease

In March, I wrote about a new project by writer/director Joss Whedon, a musical for the Internet featuring Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Fillion and Felicia Day. Whedon developed it during the writers' strike last year, working with his two brothers and his brother's fiancee. He describes the plot as "the story of a low-rent super-villain, the hero who keeps beating him up, and the cute girl from the laundromat he’s too shy to talk to.”

Well now Whedon, who created Buffy the Vampire Slayer, has posted a teaser video from Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog. It's only about a minute long, and there's no singing. In fact, it looks more like an action movie than a musical. But since Harris plays the title role, and he has a gorgeous voice, and he's got a couple of Broadway musicals on his resume, I'm crossing my fingers that he gets a chance to sing. Hey, it's a musical. Somebody's gotta sing, right?

According to the official fan site, Whedon, Harris, Day and Fillion will make a presentation at Comic-Con International in San Diego on July 25, so hopefully there'll be more details. The plan is to release the musical first on the Internet, then on iTunes and then as a dvd. In an interview with SciFi Weekly, Whedon said "It's going to be the finest 40-minute musical since the last one I made."

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