'True Blood' Reboot Reportedly in Development at HBO, Original Showrunner Alan Ball to Return

Get ready to get bloody...again! True Blood is reportedly prepped for a reboot, TVLine reported Wednesday, with HBO preparing to bring back a new iteration of the hit vampire drama with Riverdale creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa attached as an executive producer alongside the original show's creator Alan Ball.

Aguirre-Sacasa is expected to co-write the pilot with Jami O'Brien, who served as the creator of AMC's Joe Hill adaptation NOS4A2 and is also poised to serve as an executive producer. An HBO spokesperson declined to comment to TVLine on the report, and no official announcement has been made about plans for a reboot.

The original True Blood series ran for seven seasons before concluding in August 2014 and was based on Charlaine Harris' Southern Vampire Mysteries novels. Starring Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Alexander Skarsgård, Sam Trammell, Ryan Kwanten, Rutina Wesley, Kristin Bauer van Straten, Lauren Bowles, Carrie Preston, Chris Bauer, Deborah Ann Woll, Joe Manganiello and the late Nelsan Ellis, the series became HBO's most-watched show since The Sopranos.

Aguirre-Sacasa has also been tapped to reboot Pretty Little Liars for HBO Max, signing on for a "horror-tinged, coming-of-rage" version of the Freeform show "set miles away from Rosewood" with a new cast of characters. Titled Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin, the 10-episode pickup comes three years after Pretty Little Liars, based on books by Sara Shepard, wrapped its original seven-season run with stars Lucy Hale, Ashley Benson, Shay Mitchell, Troian Bellisario and Sasha Pieterse.

"Twenty years ago, a series of tragic events almost ripped the blue-collar town of Millwood apart," reads the official show description. "Now, in the present day, a group of disparate teen girls — a brand-new set of Little Liars — find themselves tormented by an unknown Assailant and made to pay for the secret sin their parents committed two decades ago. as well as their own."


Aguirre-Sacasa's Chilling Adventures of Sabrina collaborator Lindsay Calhoon Bring has also signed on for the project as a writer and co-executive producer. In a statement at the time of the show announcement, the paid said, "We're such huge fans of what [series creator] Marlene King and her iconic cast created, we knew that we had to treat the original series as canon and do something different. So we're leaning into the suspense and horror in this reboot, which hopefully will honor what the fans loved about the hit series while weaving in new, unexpected elements."