True Blood: The Musical? Believe it or not, it's actually in the works, and it has a significant tie to the HBO series, as it's being developed by composer Nathan Barr, who's composed the music for all seven seasons of True Blood. From what Barr says, his idea for this musical would bring the story back to its roots.
THR got the scoop on this developing project, which has already been pitched by Nathan Barr to HBO and True Blood series creator Alan Ball. "I think we're really going to try to return to the roots of the show," Barr says. According to THR, the musical would revolve around Sookie Stackhouse, who's played by Anna Paquin in the HBO drama series, which is based on a series of novels by Charlaine Harris. But from Barr's reference to to the series, it sounds like his musical is inspired by the show, which is about to air its final season.
It's not entirely clear how the story for the musical would line up next to the series, whether it would aim to re-introduce Sookie or else tell a new story centered around the telepathic character. But it sounds like Barr's worked hard to "trim the saga down" after the series' many twists and turns over the years. It's also unclear if any of the original cast of the series would be involved, and it may be much too soon for that to be revealed even if that were the case. But Stephen Moyer, who showed off his musical talents last December during NBC's broadcast of The Sound of Music, did apparently help Barr put together some samples for the pitch Barr did for HBO and Ball. So there may very well be audio recordings of Bill Compton singing out there in the universe somewhere. Imagine it.
The weird thing is, it's not so hard to imagine, as bizarre as the mental picture might be. True Blood has always indulged in drama and theatrics. Throw some music on that and it could be a really fun way to take the story to the next level.
The fact that Barr pitched this musical to Alan Ball and HBO seems to suggest that he's hoping both of them would be involved in this project in some way, possibly as producers? Maybe Ball would be up for writing the book. That's just speculation. In the meantime, it sounds like the goal would be to get this musical to the stage -- possibly Broadway, though that's a bit premature, from the sound of it. We'll have to see what other updates come down the pipeline, presumably once True Blood wraps up its final season later this summer.
In related news, EW showed off their sexy new True Blood cover today, and it looks like Sookie has joined Bill in the coffin. And she's naked.
True Blood premieres its seventh and final season this Sunday, June 22 at 9:00 p.m. ET on HBO. Check out the previously released trailer here!