Dr. Horrible to get companion book

Posted by CB Droege

This month, we’re getting a new book from Joss Whedon which serves as a companion to the insanely popular Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.

The new book will contain some new material from Whedon and the cast, but mostly it will be full of extras to compliment the viewing and enjoying on the series, including sheet music and the original shooting script.

Here’s all the information we have so far:

Created for fun and released online for free, Joss Whedon’s musical tragicomedy Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog was an Internet sensation, winning numerous awards, including an Emmy, a Hugo Award and a People’s Choice Award and was named by Time magazine as one of the Top 50 Inventions of the year.

Now a hit on DVD, and with whisperings of a sequel in the offing, Joss Whedon has teamed up with Titan Books to create DR HORRIBLE’S SING-ALONG BLOG: THE BOOK!

This complete companion includes sheet music and lyrics, the full shooting script (and a transcript of Commentary! The Musical), and features exclusive new material from Joss Whedon, Nathan Fillion, Neil Patrick Harris, Felicia Day and Simon Helberg.

Plus, there’s a roundtable interview with the production team, heaps of previously unseen photos from on and off the set, along with costume designs.

The 45-minute long film tells the story of Billy, aka Dr. Horrible, a budding supervillain who wants to beat superhero Captain Hammer and take over the world... and pluck up the courage to speak to his laundromat crush Penny.

It was an idea that Whedon had been toying with for a while, but work commitments made it difficult to get off the ground. Still, in late 2007, unrest in Hollywood presented a chance.

"The writers all got together and said, we have got to go on strike. And I said, this is my opportunity," recalls Whedon.

"The only way to do it was by myself - and by 'by myself' I mean with the help of everyone I know."

Joining forces with brothers Jed and Zack Whedon, and Maurissa Tancharoen, the whole production was shot in just six days; and by the time it hit the Internet, fan anticipation was so high that initial demand for downloads crashed the server in a matter of minutes.

Stay tuned to TG Daily for a closer look at the book as it gets closer to release.