Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is ready to take us back to Bon Temps, Louisiana with a reboot of True Blood for HBO.
In addition to Aguirre-Sacasa, Alan Ball, creator of the first series, is on board as an executive producer, though all of this is apparently in the very early stages of development at Warner Media where the showrunner has an overall deal with Warner Bros. TV.
True Blood is based on the 15-book series of novels by Charlaine Harris who also wrote the source material for Midnight, Texas.
The series focuses on Sookie Stackhouse, previously played by Anna Paquin, a young woman with an extraordinary gift to read minds. After a synthetic blood substitute is developed, the world is shocked to learn that vampires are real and have been living among us for centuries. Soon, Sookie finds herself drawn into the fantastic world of vampires, shifters, and even the Fae and the hometown Louisiana woman will never be the same.
True Blood boasted a colorful cast of characters including former Civil War soldier Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer), Viking vampire turned nightclub owner Erik (Alexander Skarsgard), Erik’s right-hand woman with the driest sense of humor on the planet Pam (Kristen Van Bauer Straten), Sookie’s bumbling brother Jason (Ryan Kwanten), her best friend Tara (Rutina Wesley), and flamboyant fry-cook turned witch Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis).
The previous show followed the first book from Harris’s series, Dead Until Dark, almost to the letter for its first season but quickly branched out after that until the series was almost unrecognizable as an adaptation so it will be interesting to see how closely a reboot follows the source material.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Aguirre-Sacasa is writing a pilot for the series reboot with Jami O’Brien (NOS4A2).
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UPDATE: Former stars of the original series and even author Charlaine Harris took to Twitter yesterday to say that the announcement on various news sites was the first they’d heard of a True Blood reboot, and they knew nothing about it.
To my amazement, Variety has announced that a reboot of “True Blood” is in early stages of development at HBO. That’s absolutely all I know.
— Charlaine Harris (@RealCharlaine) December 10, 2020
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