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'True Blood' could become a musical

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'True Blood' composer Nathan Barr is writing a musical based on the HBO series

"True Blood" will be coming to its finale this August. But as with most things undead, that doesn't necessarily mean the end.

According to the Associated Press, "True Blood" composer Nathan Barr has plans to take the Southern-fried vampire tale into a stage musical. He spoke about the project at the show's Season 7 premiere in Hollywood.

"This was something that I pitched to HBO and [series creator] Alan Ball," he said. "I think we're really going to try to return to the roots of the show."

Barr has been with the series since its first season in 2008. Ball stepped down as show runner in 2012 after Season 5, but he remains as executive producer.

Fans, however, shouldn't start planning their trips to New York yet. Barr said he is looking to put together a workshop version of the musical next year. And then figure out his next steps. "There's no guarantees. But I think the direction we're heading in is really exciting."

Since the project is still in a nascent stage, there's no cast in place. But one member of the "True Blood" family already has a leg up for the musical if it ever gets staged. Stephen Moyer, who plays vampire Bill in the series, assisted Barr in putting together samples of the music for his presentation to HBO.

Last year, Moyer got to show off his own musical talents in the NBC live presentation of "The Sound of Music." He played Captain Von Trapp. He also appeared in a live production of "Chicago" at the Hollywood Bowl. Before his screen career, Moyer appeared in the Steven Sondheim musical "Sweeney Todd" in England.

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