Original series star Anna Paquin knows just as much about the reported True Blood reboot in the works at HBO as the rest of us. This week, Variety reported that Riverdale creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa was tapped to executive produce and serve as showrunner for a new True Blood series. Original series creator Alan Ball was also reported to be involved as a producer. HBO hasn't yet provided an official comment to confirm or deny the story, but the news has been generating a lot of discussion from fans on social media.
On Twitter, Paquin was naturally tagged in countless tweets from fans quizzing her for info about the rumored True Blood reboot. Posting an article covering the news, Paquin offered this comment to reveal everything she knows about the reported series.
"Well, this is the first I'm hearing about this."
After a fan on Twitter suggested that she's mad about the report, Paquin went on to add this response in a followup tweet.
"Not mad, just answering the question that has inundated my feed."
She's apparently not alone. Actor Denis O'Hare, who appeared in a recurring role as Russell Edgington on the show, responded with a simple, "me too."
Author Charlaine Harris, who penned the original book series The Southern Vampire Mysteries that True Blood is based on, also tweeted that she knows nothing about the rumored reboot. She writes, "To my amazement, Variety has announced that a reboot of "True Blood" is in early stages of development at HBO. That's absolutely all I know."
True Blood debuted on HBO in 2008, quickly becoming a big hit for the premium cabler. It is set in a world where vampires live amongst humans after the development of a synthetic blood product called "Tru Blood." A critical hit in addition to being popular, the show spanned for seven seasons and 80 total episodes. A consistent hit at awards season, it even managed to win a Golden Globe and an Emmy along with several more nominations. Its ending brought about mixed reactions from some fans, but the same can be said for most any long-running series.
Paquin starred in True Blood as Sookie Stackhouse, a waitress living in Bon Temps, Louisiana, who falls in love with 173-year-old vampire Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer). Their relationship gets increasingly complicated when vampire Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) also begins a relationship with Sookie. The series also starred Sam Trammell, Ryan Kwanten, Rutina Wesley, Chris Bauer, Nelsan Ellis, Jim Parrack, Carrie Preston, Todd Lowe, Deborah Ann Woll, and Kristin Bauer van Straten. Special guest stars like Christopher Meloni, Joe Manganiello, Scott Foley, and Michael McMillian were also featured.
While Aguirre-Sacasa has been active on social media promoting the fifth season of Riverdale, he hasn't yet commented on the rumors. HBO has similarly withheld from providing an official comment on the story as of this writing. If the rumors are true and a True Blood reboot is indeed happening at HBO, it sounds like it won't be bringing back some familiar fan favorites --- at least not right away. This news comes to us from Anna Paquin on Twitter.