After the wild and crazy success of Steven Soderbergh's 'Magic Mike,' it doesn't surprise us in the slightest that a movie about the Chippendales dancers is in the works. It also doesn't surprise us that Alan Ball of HBO's 'True Blood' fame is writing and directing the project. What does surprise us is that Ben Stiller is being eyed for the lead in a movie about the world's most famous male strippers.
While many of us were disheartened to learn that 'True Blood' creator Alan Ball would be stepping down as showrunner for the sixth season of HBO's bloody drama, the news was tempered by the fact that Ball would swiftly return to TV to helm Cinemax's pulpy thriller 'Banshee.' The network kept the project pretty secretive at first, but how would you like to see the first trailer? Is it every bit as bloody, sexy and action-packed as its spiritual predecessor?
'True Blood' season 5 is barely dead in the ground following last week's gripping season finale "Save Yourself," but already speculation has run rampant on the next season. Behind the cameras, we know that longtime show-runner Alan Ball will depart the series for his new Cinemax venture 'Banshee,' leaving the 'True Blood' reigns to writer Mark Hudis, who already has gallons of story to spill. Brace yourselves though, as 'True Blood' season 6 might feel a bit lighter than we're all used to, but why?
Admittedly, we haven't paid too much attention to the development of Alan Ball's first post-'True Blood' project, that of the upcoming Cinemax thriller 'Banshee.' Cinemax's star has been on the rise following development of their stable of original series, from sexy noir thriller 'Femme Fatales' to action-drama 'Strike Back,' and even the upcoming 'Transporter' adaptation. So what can we learn from the first teaser for 'Banshee'?
Say it ain't so, Alan Ball! Is the long time series creator, executive producer and head writer departing 'True Blood' after the current season? That's the most likely outcome.