Game of Thrones showrunners announce new controversial slavery show Confederate for HBO
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With Game Of Thrones coming to an end with season eight (likely next year), showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are already looking ahead to the next TV project and have signed a deal with HBO to develop slavery drama Confederate.
Medium.com has announced details about the show and you can check out the synopsis below...
CONFEDERATE chronicles the events leading to the Third American Civil War. The series takes place in an alternate timeline, where the southern states have successfully seceded from the Union, giving rise to a nation in which slavery remains legal and has evolved into a modern institution. The story follows a broad swath of characters on both sides of the Mason-Dixon Demilitarized Zone — freedom fighters, slave hunters, politicians, abolitionists, journalists, the executives of a slave-holding conglomerate and the families of people in their thrall.
Casey Bloys, president, HBO Programming made the following statement...
“As the brilliant ‘Game of Thrones’ winds down to its final season, we are thrilled to be able to continue our relationship with Dan and David, knowing that any subject they take on will result in a unique and ambitious series. Their intelligent, wry and visually stunning approach to storytelling has a way of engaging an audience and taking them on an unforgettable journey. CONFEDERATE promises to be no exception, and we are honored to be adding the talented team of Nichelle and Malcolm Spellman to the mix.”
Benioff and Weiss added:
“We have discussed CONFEDERATE for years, originally as a concept for a feature film. But our experience on ‘Thrones’ has convinced us that no one provides a bigger, better storytelling canvas than HBO. There won’t be dragons or White Walkers in this series, but we are creating a world, and we couldn’t imagine better partners in world-building than Nichelle and Malcolm, who have impressed us for a long time with their wit, their imagination and their Scrabble-playing skills.”
However, since the announcement earlier today, reactions to Confederate have been mixed, with many arguing why a slave drama 'fan fiction' is being written by two white men. As referred to in the statements above, the show will also involve two acclaimed black writers Nichelle Tramble Spellman and Malcolm Spellman, serving as executive producers, which should dispel those concerns.
In the meantime, Game Of Thrones season seven began this week, and you can catch our review of the season opener Dragonstone here.