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According to John Barrowman’s Big Gay Nemesis, Neil Patrick Harris, when he returns as Joss Whedon‘s Dr. Horrible, it’s going to be in a feature film. What’s more, he doesn’t think the record-breaking online distribution of part one is going to apply next time either. Is he thinking they’re going for a theatrical release?

That seems like a tall order, but I can see a straight-to-DVD release happily. Why that wouldn’t coincide with a digital download I don’t know… so, my crazy theory for the night is this: is this thing going to be made for TV?

Not everything Harris said in his interview with MTV supports my notion:

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. Then again, you don’t want it to be so low-brow that it’s not worth paying money to see as a movie.

That says either DVD or theatrical. So who knows. Maybe no-one.

To support my TV theory, let me point you to something that bubbled up back in January. The Futon Critic reported that Joss Whedon was going to share a meeting with the president of FX, John Landgraf, who was quoted as saying:

Actually his representatives called and scheduled a lunch, I think I’m supposed to have lunch with Joss in the next two or three weeks.

Those two or three weeks have since passed and while no more news breaks came out of the meeting, I’m confident it is likely to have happened. Is this where plans to bring Dr. Horrible to TV were launched?

Okay, wild speculation. But what isn’t is what NPH initially passed on, and that’s the good news that everybody’s favourite musical blogger evil genius is coming back for more. Okay – maybe not everybody’s favourite musical blogger evil genius.

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