EXCLUSIVE: With their long-running vampire series coming to an end this summer, True Blood stars Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer are staying in business with HBO. The duo’s production company CASM has signed a two-year, first-look deal with HBO to develop series, films and miniseries. That may include new starring vehicles for Paquin or Moyer as, in addition to producing, the pact includes options for the two to act and direct. This marks the first foray into television for CASM Films, which Paquin and Moyer launched in 2012 with producing partners Cerise Hallam Larkin and Mark Larkin, who, like the True Blood duo, are a married couple. The company so far had been focused on features, producing the 2013 indie Free Ride, which starred Paquin, with a number of projects in development. Those include Twinkle, to be directed by Howie Deutch and starring Moyer; Pink Hotel, based on the novel by Anna Stothard which Paquin will write and direct; Bury This, based on the novel by Andrea Portes who is adapting for Paquin to star; Columbia, written by and to star Denis O’Hare which Moyer will direct; and an adaptation of Martin Millar’s Lonely Werewolf Girl.
Moyer and the Larkins’ relationship hails back to their native Britain. Mark was previously an art director and production designer, and met and became friends with Moyer on the British TV miniseries Menace which Moyer starred in. Separately, longtime producer Cerise (I Could Never be Your Woman, with Michelle Pfeifer and Paul Rudd) produced Land Of The Blind, starring Ralph Fiennes and Donald Sutherland, with Jon Avnet, who also introduced Cerise and Moyer to each other. Moyer introduced the Larkins to Paquin for the first time on Abbot Kinney in Venice, where Paquin and Moyer were filming the first season of True Blood.