A True Blood Reboot Is in Early Development Stages at HBO
Variety confirmed that HBO is in the early production stages of a True Blood reboot. Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Jami O’Brien have signed on to write and executive produce. The original showrunner, Alan Ball, is also serving as an executive producer. No cast members have announced a return yet. HBO as a company has not made a formal announcement yet.
What Is True Blood?
In case you missed it, True Blood was HBO’s contribution to the vampire craze. It aired from 2008 to 2014 for seven seasons. The first Twilight movie premiered that year, and just one year later in 2009, The Vampire Diaries began. True Blood was based on a book series, The Southern Vampire Mysteries by Charlaine Harris.
It follows the story of telepath Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) in a world where vampires and humans live together in relative peace. Vampires no longer have to hunt humans since the development of a synthetic substitute. Other classic fantasy creatures appeared as well, such as werewolves and witches. There is no word on the plot of the reboot.
Alexander Skarsgard, Joe Manganiello, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell, Ryan Kwanten, and Rutina Wesley also starred in the show.
The Credentials of the Team So Far
Aguirre-Sacasa developed Riverdale for TV after serving as chief creative officer for Archie Comics. He’s also worked on Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Supergirl, and Glee. He is working on another project for HBO Max, The Shelley Society.
O’Brien most recently worked on the AMC show NOS4A2. She has also worked on Fear the Walking Dead, Hell on Wheels, and Da Vinci’s Demons. She has actually worked with Aguirre-Sacasa previously on another HBO show, Big Love, in 2011.
Needless to say, these two have loads of experience working on supernatural and dramatic shows, so the reboot of True Blood (should it make it to air) is in good hands. Who knows? Maybe the vampire frenzy will have a reboot too.