After its second season wrapped up in 2015, fans could have been forgiven for thinking Danger 5‘s adventures were at an end. The sight of co-creators Dario Russo and David Ashby auctioning off much of the series’ props collection (a truly strange cache of dinosaur heads and Hitler dolls) in 2018 certainly suggested this gloriously silly ship had sailed.
“We spent about five years all up making Danger 5, and by the end of it we were pretty exhausted by that world,” co-creator David Ashby tells The Adelaide Review. “But in the following years, as we’ve developed new projects, we’ve found we’re still drawn to pulp-inspired material – we still have an intrinsic love for it.”
But an unexpected approach from Amazon’s audiobook offshoot Audible in 2018 to develop a new incarnation of the series proved a perfect medium to revisit the Danger 5 universe, allowing Russo and Ashby to explore their love of The Goon Show, Monty Python and Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Galaxy while also liberating themselves from the technical constraints of the small screen.
“You [become] really aware of how expensive film and television production is,” Ashby says. “This was an opportunity where it was like ‘oh we don’t have to shoot anything?’ That’s kind of cool!”
In the eight part series, dubbed Danger 5: Stereo Adventures, the gang will visit such exotic locales as “Dracula’s beach”, and battle foes including a “city squashing giant pussy cat”.
“Let’s write the biggest, most insane stuff we possibly can, and know that we’ll never have to figure out how we’re going to do it,” Russo echoes.