HBO Rebooting The Vampire Saga True Blood Only 6 Years After End Of The Original
While it feels like there’s a lot of original content these days with streaming and everything else, certain moves by certain studios leave me confused. I’m referring to the breaking news of HBO developing a True Blood reboot, only 6 years after the original series ended. The show was steeped in nerd fandom as a total fantasy series that brought many niche genres to the mainstream. News of a True Blood reboot really begs the question of how long a franchise needs to simmer before it’s brought back for new audiences.
True Blood Original HBO Series Was Ahead Of Its Time
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The original True Blood came from a series of books called The Southern Vampire Mysteries by Charlaine Harris. The show was one of the first, adult themed fan-favorite fantasy genres that pushed the envelopes of genre fiction. There are a lot of comparisons between True Blood and its contemporaries at the time. Many describe it as an adult version of Twilight or Vampire Diaries.
The series was set in a rural town in Louisiana in a world where vampires are living amongst humans. A breakthrough in technology now allows vampires to sustain themselves using an artificial blood replacement, the titular “True Blood.” Removing the need for vampires to feed on humans, removes the threat they pose to society. So they can freely try to coexist with them. Try, being the operative word. Obviously, not everyone is willing to accept them, and that’s where many of the conflicts arise.
Will The Story Deal With Similar Themes?
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The original True Blood features the lead character of Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) who can read people’s’ minds. Until she meets a strange man in Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer), who she is unable to read. He is a vampire and she is a telepath, and they develop an attraction to one another but have to navigate the murky waters of the still complicated world they live in. The show dealt with a lot more than just vampire-human tensions though.
Many of the themes of the original True Blood acted as a parallel to racism in the United States and when segregation ended. The stories played out similar to that time in the USA, where a certain minority of the population was reintegrated into the world, with varying levels of acceptance. On top of that, the show dealt with issues of drug abuse, homophobia, abusive relationships, and many other very real world topics under the setting of a fantasy genre. So I wonder what kinds of real-world themes or issues the True Blood reboot will deal with, if any.
Is It Too Early For A True Blood Reboot?
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As per the Variety report of the True Blood reboot, the show will feature the original creator, Allan Ball, as a producer-only so far. The new series is from showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa who is one of the people behind Riverdale and the Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina. The cast will be all-new with, apparently, no plans for the original cast to return. However, as we’ve seen many times with reboots and revivals, eventually, some cast members may return, if the reboot is successful enough. Especially given that the show launched many, currently prominent actors to fame, such as Joe Manganiello, Deborah Ann Woll, and Alexander Skarsgard.
Another concerning aspect is the timeframe between the original series ending, and this True Blood reboot. As mentioned, many of the themes as morals of the original series are still relevant today. Those aspects of diversity and discrimination are we still deal with, years later. And the original series dealt with those stories in a very significant and impactful way. So I wonder just how the True Blood reboot will tell new stories with as much substance and significance to the current climate. Unless, of course, the approach is totally different and the reboot will focus more on fun and entertaining stories without any real-world connection. Providing new audiences with escapism instead of metaphors for real life events.
No word yet on when the reboot will begin production or release on HBO.
Are you excited about a True Blood reboot? Let me know in the comments below.
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Shah Shahid is an entertainment writer, movie critic (so he thinks), host of the Split Screen Podcast (on Apple Podcasts & everywhere else) and filmy father on a mission to educate his girls on decades of film history. Armed with uncontrollable sarcasm and cautious optimism, Shah loves discussing film, television and comic book content until his wife’s eyes glaze over. So save her by engaging him on his own blog at BlankPageBeatdown.com or on Twitter @theshahshahid.