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'True Blood' Composer Plans Musical Adaptation

Nathan Barr plans to present a workshop version next year

'True Blood'
Tony Rivetti/HBO
June 18, 2014 8:58 AM ET

This adaptation bites – but in a good way. After True Blood wraps its seventh and final season, the popular HBO vampire drama will be adapted into a musical, the Associated Press reports. Series composer Nathan Barr (who worked on all seven seasons) pitched the idea to HBO and True Blood creator Alan Ball with musical samples, and he hopes to unveil a workshop version next year.

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Barr says he wants the musical to "return to the roots of the show" and focus on the series' main character, telepath-waitress Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), but he's encountered some logistical challenges trimming down the seven-season show into a focused production. But Barr's had help from a True Blood veteran: Stephen Moyer, who plays vampire Bill Compton on the show (and is an accomplished singer), helped the composer iron out some musical samples for their initial pitch.

"There's no guarantees," Barr said, speaking of a possible Broadway run. "But I think the direction we're heading in is really exciting."

In the meantime, True Blood still has some campy, blood-sucking unfinished business back on television. Season Seven is set to premiere Sunday, June 22nd at 9 p.m. ET. Before then, check out this creepy teaser trailer, which features gory images and intense monologues about religious fanaticism and government abuse. You can also brush up on the plot with Rolling Stone's recap of the Season Six finale.

Last September, executive producer Brian Buckner revealed the grim news that the seventh season would be the show's last. He did, however, promise that his team would "do [their] very best to bring Sookie’s story to a close with heart, imagination and, of course, fun." 

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