New TRUE BLOOD Will Only Happen With Story Worth Telling
HBO’s True Blood reboot with Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Riverdale) is happening. And today, HBO and HBO Max Chief Content Officer Casey Bloys assures fans that the reboot will have to be a “story worth telling” in order for it to officially happen.
Bloys tells TVLine: “There’s no green light imminent on that. I wouldn’t say it’s as far along as, say, the Game of Thrones [spinoff]. We definitely have a writer working on an idea for sure, but I think that it’s fair to say it’s not quite as far along as people think. It’s [not] coming on the air next year. It’s a long way away from that.”
He adds: “We’ll have to see how it comes together. Like with any development, you want to see a story worth telling. Is it engaging? Does it add to the original?”
Bloys recently confirmed that the reboot is “in very early stages, and there are no current plans for original cast members [such as Anna Paquin] to return.”
Bloys says: “It is something I’m mindful of, rebooting material is something we are experiencing across the industry. There is power in that, you are dealing with nostalgia and people’s emotional connection with a show but like with anything, I don’t want to do too many. I think there are original stories to tell, and we don’t want to lose that, so it’s always a balancing act.“
Paquin said: “I wish them well. I don’t know if they need us for anything. But it’s a fun world. It’s a supernatural world with endless possibilities. Of course, there’s room to do more and to tell more stories within that universe. We don’t own it.“
Aguirre-Sacasa will co-write the new True Blood pilot with Jami O’Brien (NOS4A2). Aguirre-Sacasa and O’Brien will also serve as exec producers with Alan Ball.
Ball (American Beauty, Six Feet Under) created True Blood based on Charlaine Harris’ best-selling novels, True Blood centered on a small-town Louisiana waitress Sookie Stackhouse. Already is viewed as an oddball by her friends and neighbors, since she can read minds, it doesn’t exactly help her reputation when she falls for a 173-year-old vampire who has come out of the coffin along with many of his undead comrades now that synthetic blood has made it possible for vampires to survive without preying on humans. Still, the conservative locals aren’t wild about mortal-vampire liaisons, especially Sookie’s boss, who carries a torch for her.
Season one of True Blood sports a 61% on Rotten Tomatoes. The Critics Consensus reads: It’s unabashedly soapy and it occasionally wavers in its social commentary, but it’s a gory, sexy genre romp with a strong supporting cast.
Are you up for more True Blood?