The creator of two of HBO’s signature shows — “True Blood” and “Six Feet Under” — is taking his act to Cinemax, where his new project will focus on a small town in Pennsylvania’s Amish country, reports the Los Angeles Times’ Show Tracker blog.
Alan Ball will executive produce the new series "Banshee" for HBO’s sister network. The project is seen as a key element in a renewed push by Cinemax into original programming.
"Banshee" won’t have any supernatural elements, instead following a mysterious ex-con with expert martial arts skills who poses as a sheriff.
HBO late last year pulled the plug on Ball’s project “All Signs of Death,” an adaptation of Charlie Huston’s crime novel “The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death,” after it had been in pre-production for months.
The Cinemax project reportedly won’t affect Ball’s schedule for "True Blood," which is currently in its fourth season on HBO and is expected to close a deal for a fifth season.
Ball is developing “Banshee” with writers Jonathan Tropper and David Schickler. Cinemax is working on financing and casting with the aim of filming in the spring.