5 ways a True Blood reboot could work

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HOLLYWOOD, CA – NOVEMBER 18: Alan Ball (L) and Kathryn VanArendonk (R) attend ‘True Blood 10th Anniversary’ during Vulture Festival Presented By AT&T at Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel on November 18, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for New York Magazine) /

A True Blood reboot is in development at HBO. Here are a few ways that it could be successful.

We previously reported that HBO was in talks to make a True Blood reboot with Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa attached as an executive producer and pilot script co-writer alongside NOS4A2‘s Jami O’Brien. Original creator Alan Ball is also poised to return as an executive producer on the project.

According to an updated report from TVLine, a reboot is in development, but HBO boss Casey Bloys says it’s still in its very early stages, so don’t anticipate seeing it air anytime soon.

“There’s no green light imminent on that. I wouldn’t say it’s as far along as, say, the Game of Thrones [spinoff House of Dragon]. 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,” Bloys told the outlet.

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He went on to say that they wanted to be sure that the True Blood reboot would be “a story worth telling. Is it engaging? Does it add to the original?”

While we’re a long way off from the series happening, we started to consider a few ways that a True Blood reboot could be successful, from using more source material to implementing a tonal shift.

5. Follow the book series by Charlaine Harris.

Most True Blood fans are aware the series is based on Charlaine Harris’s Southern Vampire Mysteries books. The original show followed the first novel almost entirely before veering off course. The rest of the series pulled a few other story elements and plots from the books, but several prominent characters were never introduced.

A lot of Sookie’s backstory involving the fae was changed or ignored altogether. In fact, many feel the fae’s introduction into the series was one of the weakest elements, and I’m inclined to agree. I was also always bummed we didn’t get to meet Quinn the weretiger in the show. In general, there are plenty of new storylines that book fans would love to see brought to life on screen that didn’t make the final cut the first time around.