Rumorville: A ‘True Blood’ Reboot Is in the Works at HBO From the ‘Riverdale’ Creator + More to Watch

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“True Blood”
HBO has found a reboot worth sinking its teeth into. First reported by TVLine, the premium cabler is in the early stages of developing a new version of its hit series “True Blood.” “Riverdale” and “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa will be at the helm with original series creator Alan Ball on board as an executive producer. Aguirre-Sacasa will also write the pilot for the new version with “NOS4A2” writer Jami O’Brien. At this time, HBO declined to comment, and it’s unclear if the series will be a direct reboot with the original cast members or revival with new stars. Judging by original Sookie actor Anna Paquin’s reaction, maybe the latter, as the star tweeted, “Well, this is the first I’m hearing about this,” followed by, “Not mad, just answering the question that has inundated my feed.” Paquin and Stephen Moyer led the cast, which also featured Sam Trammell, Rutina Wesley, Ryan Kwanten, Nelsan Ellis, Chris Bauer, Carrie Preston, Alexander Skarsgard, Joe Manganiello, and Kristin Bauer van Straten. Lowry-Johnson/Goldstein was the casting team.

“Laughter in the Dark”
Off the success of “The Queen’s Gambit,” co-creator Scott Frank and star Anya Taylor-Joy are ready to do it again elsewhere. According to Frank on a recent episode of The Ringer’s “The Watch” podcast, the duo are looking to do an adaptation of Vladimir Nabokov’s 1932 novel “Laughter in the Dark.” Calling the project “a valentine to movies,” Frank said, “I’m going to do it as a film noir and a movie within a movie, and it’s a really nasty, wonderful, thriller.” “Laughter in the Dark” follows the story of Albert Albinus, a married middle-aged art critic, and Margot Peters, a 17-year-old aspiring actress with whom he is obsessed. Ellen Lewis and Tina Gerussi were the casting talents behind “The Queen’s Gambit”, so if Frank wants a full re-collaboration, they’ll get the call.

“The Tender Bar”
First reported by Deadline, Ben Affleck is being considered to star in the feature film adaptation of J.R. Moehringer’s coming-of-age story “The Tender Bar: A Memoir” for Amazon Studios. Published in 2005, the book centers on the author seeking a replacement for his father, a New York City disc jockey, and turns to the bar on the corner where he finds friendship in his Uncle Charlie and other adults. George Clooney is directing and he and his producing partner Grant Heslov are developing the project through their Smokehouse Pictures banner with “The Departed” scribe William Monahan writing the screenplay. Affleck and Clooney have worked together before to great success as producers on the Oscar-winning “Argo.” It’s unknown who else will appear in the film, including if Clooney will. As a director, he always works with different casting directors, including, most recently on “The Midnight Sky,” Rachel Tenner.

First reported by Deadline, Ava DuVernay will dive back into the DC Comics universe for her next television project. The multihyphenate will team up with Arrow writer and co-executive producer Jill Blankenship for an adaptation of the teen superhero story “Naomi” at The CW. The project is based on the comic book series co-written by Brian Michael Bendis and David F. Walker and illustrated by breakout artist Jamal Campbell. The story follows a teen girl’s journey from her small northwestern hometown when a supernatural event shakes it to the core and Naomi sets out to uncover its origins. DuVernay is also set to direct the feature film adaptation of DC’s “The New Gods.” She always works with casting director Aisha Coley, so expect that collaboration to continue.

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