Variety reports that HBO is in the early development stages of bring back True Blood for a reboot, and they better keep all the gay energy of the original series.
Based on The Southern Vampire Mysteries books, the original series starred Anna Paquin as Sookie Stackhouse, a telepathic waitress in a world where vampires live among humans after developing a synthetic blood substitute, ending their need to hunt humans for food. None of the original actors are attached to return at this point.
The original series was one of the sexiest on TV. Who can forget Jason and Erik’s iconic human-vampire sex scene? Or Evan Rachel Wood as Sophie-Anne Leclerq, the bisexual vampire queen of Louisiana? Or shirtless Joe Manganiello?
The show also broke ground with it’s queer characters, including Tara (Rutina Wesley), the best friend of main character Sookie Stackhouse, and Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis), the scene-stealing chef at the local bar. Both characters became a part of the TV queer canon over the show’s run, and changed how LGBTQ+ people are portrayed on television. They were joined by others like Nan Flanagan (Jessica Tuck,) Jesus Velasquez (Kevin Alejandro,) and Russell Edgington (Denis O'Hare.)
Thankfully, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is attached to co-write and executive produce alongside Jami O’Brien, and original series creator Alan Ball. Aguirre-Sacasa is the mind behind the campy delights of Riverdale and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, and has worked as a writer and producer on Glee and Looking.
If anyone can not only bring back the sexy gay camp of the original, but also ramp it up, its Aguirre-Sacasa.