It might seem too soon, but HBO is bringing back True Blood. The reboot is in the early stages of development by Riverdale creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. Alan Ball, who created the original vampire drama, will executive produce the series. The original famously starred Anna Paquin, Alexander Skarsgard and Stephen Moyer.
True Blood vampire drama rising from the dead
Fans will remember the vampire series was set in a world where synthetic blood allowed vampires to announce their presence in the world. True Blood saw a whole bunch of them living in the town of Bon Temps, Louisiana.
It has been confirmed by the Hollywood Reporter that a True Blood reboot is in the works by HBO. The original series went off the air six years ago and the cable network is in the early stages of developing a new version. Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, creator of Riverdale and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is at the helm.
Aquirre-Sacasa and Jami O’Brien (AMC’s NOS4A2) are set to write a pilot for the reboot, while Alan Ball will executive produce. The reboot is under development via Aguirre-Sacasa’s overall deal with True Blood producer, Warner Bros. TV. The deal has seen other remakes of recent shows, including HBO Max’s Pretty Little Liars reboot.
With the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina soon coming to an end on Netflix, this means Aguirre-Sacasa has more time on his hands. However, Riverdale is still going strong on The CW, with its fifth season coming in January.
Is it too soon for a reboot?
Fans might think it is too soon for a reboot of True Blood unless the reboot can offer something new from the racy original. Based on the novels of Charlaine Harris, the series debuted on HBO in 2008. It then ran for seven seasons, coming to an end in 2014. Aguirre-Sacasa is, admittedly, known for placing dark and sexy spins on childhood classics like Archie and Sabrina. What can he bring that is new to True Blood, that was plenty raunchy before?
HBO looking for success?
It is possible that HBO wants another big bite of the pie that True Blood enjoyed while on the air. In its third and fourth seasons, the show peaked at almost five million same-day viewers per episode.
Needless to say, it was a huge success and featured big-name stars like Skarsgard and Paquin. Besides that famous pair, the original starred Rutina Wesley, Sam Trammel, Nelsan Ellis and Ryan Kwanten. Chris Bauer, Joe Manganiello, Carrie Preston and Kristin Bauer van Straten also starred.
It is much too early for the new cast to be announced, but it would be great if Skarsgard made an appearance again. Or maybe just one of his famous brothers?