Saturday, June 18, 2011

He’s Created a Monster: Alan Ball Talks ‘True Blood’

As anticipation grows for the June 26 season premiere of “True Blood” on HBO, an article in this weekend’s Arts & Leisure section looks at Anna Paquin, her trajectory on the show and what Season 4 holds in store for Sookie Stackhouse. Of course, Ms. Paquin would have no lines to speak, and never know when to bare her neck or shed her clothes if not for Alan Ball, the “True Blood” creator and producer, who adapted the series from Charlaine Harris’s best-selling “Southern Vampire Mysteries” novels.

Mr. Ball, the Academy Award-winning screenwriter of “American Beauty” and Emmy-winning creator of “Six Feet Under,” spoke recently from his West Hollywood office about “True Blood.” In these excerpts from that conversation, he discusses the creation and history of the show, what the new season holds in store and why he recently filmed a portion of a coming “True Blood” episode in 3-D.

How closely do you follow Charlaine Harris’s novels in planning the seasons of “True Blood,” and are you already thinking about Season 5?

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