Alan Ball Starts a New Series for HBO

July 15, 2010 by  

Alan Ball has had a huge amount of success with his HBO series, True Blood.  The show has just received its first best series Emmy nomination and Alan is now prepping for his next creative journey for HBO. HBO has given Alan the go ahead on a pilot episode for a new series entitled, “All Signs of Death”.  The series is a dark comedic drama based on the crime novel, ‘The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death’ by Charlie Huston.  Alan will be executive producing and directing the pilot episode. The script has been written by Charlie Huston.

The project is expected to begin production in August in Los Angeles.  The storyline centers around a twenty-something slacker who stumbles into a career as a crime scene cleaner.  He then finds himself entangled in a murder mystery, a femme fatale, and some loose ends in his own past.  Alan Ball had this to say about the story:

“It’s not so much about the crime, it’s about the personal story of the central character and his journey back to being fully connected with his life after some very traumatic things.”

Alan plans on using smaller, portable cameras in order to give the show a cinema verite style.

“We’re going to try to go against the grain, away from the overlit, stylized noir for a more frantic, contemporary, naturalistic style.”

Alan discovered this incredible author through Charlaine Harris, who authors the Sookie Stackhouse series, which True Blood is based on.  She had given Alan a box of some of her favorite books and one of those books was another novel Huston had written called, ‘Caught Stealing’.  Alan loved it and went on to read more of the author’s works.  Alan then met with Huston and found out he was already connected to the author. Alan had cast Huston’s wife, Virginia Louise Smith, in his film, “Towelhead” back in 2007. Alan and Huston became friends and one day Huston asked Alan if he thought ‘Mystic Arts’ could be turned into a series. Alan answered saying:

“It could be a great series.  All Signs has a hard noir feel but it’s also ironic; it’s graphic and gritty but human and very moving at the same time – it is able to capture all those elements in a very distinctive tone.”

Stephen King also agrees. He gave Huston’s book rave reviews and called it “fiercely original”.  One thing everyone including Alan notices is that between his series, “Six Feet Under”, “True Blood”, and now “All Signs”, the underlying theme connecting them all seems to be death.  Alan admits that this is a theme he is fascinated by.  Right now Alan is splitting his time between “All Signs” and working on amazing storylines for season 4 of “True Blood”, as the writers for the show started back to work this week. Alan tells us they did first share a round of Starbucks in celebration of True Blood‘s Emmy nomination! We wish the show all the best of luck – True Blood deserves it!

SOURCE: Deadline Hollywood

(Photo Credit: HBO Inc.)