Don’t hammer that final stake into True Blood’s coffin just yet, fangbangers. Though the show is coming to an end with its seventh season — premiering this Sunday — Sookie and co. may have an afterlife as a musical, if show composer Nathan Barr has his way.
Barr pitched the idea of a musical to HBO and show creator Alan Ball. Speaking with the AP on Tuesday during the season premiere in Hollywood, Barr said the proposed musical would focus on Sookie Stackhouse, portrayed in the series by Oscar-winner (remember that?) Anna Paquin.
“I think we’re really going to try to return to the roots of the show,” Barr said, referring to the challenge of weening down the characters and plots from seven seasons of belabored storytelling.
Even though Stephen Moyer proved he could carry a tune in NBC’s live production of The Sound of Music, who can remember with Audra McDonald owning that show and everything else? Plus, aren’t we all just tired as hell of Vampire Bill? Let’s just hope Alcide is involved, though, since Joe Manganiello was a theater geek and a musical might prove right up his tin pan alley.
Barr hopes to present a workshop version of the musical about a year from now but don’t get your hopes up — or incredibly low, depending on how you feel about this news.
“There’s no guarantees,” Barr admitted. “But I think the direction we’re heading in is really exciting.”
We’ll see about that when the seventh and final season of True Blood premieres on Sunday, June 22 at 9 pm.