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A True Blood Musical Is On Its Way

Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer
Richard Shotwell—Invision/AP Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer at the True Blood season premiere.

Grab your garlic and your holy water — Bon Temps and Fangtasia could be headed to the stage

Vampires must really be immortal. Though HBO put a stake in the heart of its blood-sucking drama True Blood, whose final season kicks off Sunday, the franchise seems to still have life left — not unlike many of its thirsty, sunlight-averse characters.

A True Blood musical, which would once again revolve around telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse (played on-screen by Anna Paquin), is in the works, the Associated Press reports. Composer Nathan Barr, who has scored the television show’s seven seasons, said at the recent Los Angeles premiere that he pitched the concept to True Blood creator Alan Ball and HBO.

“There’s no guarantees,” Barr said. “But I think the direction we’re heading in is really exciting.”

True Blood star Stephen Moyer, who appeared in NBC’s The Sound of Music telecast last year, collaborated with Barr on the samples presented to Ball and HBO. With seven seasons of material (based off the books by Charlaine Harris), Barr says it’ll be a challenge to condense Sookie’s storylines, but he has several ideas already.

“I think we’re really going to try to return to the roots of the show,” Barr said.


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