As winter draws to a close Game of Throne‘s showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss ready themselves for new projects. Courtesy of Casey Bloys, president of HBO Programming, it has been announced that the Westeros veterans will return to HBO with the upcoming straight-to-series order Confederate. The controversial show, which depicts modern day slavery, was quick to garner online backlash.
The new show “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,” announced the statement.
“We have discussed CONFEDERATE for years, originally as a concept for a feature film,” added Benioff and Weiss. “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.”
Confederate will be written and created by Benioff and Weiss, who will also serve as showrunners on the series. Nichelle Tramble Spellman (Justified) and Malcolm Spellman (Empire) will partner with the pair as executive producers and writers, Carolyn Strauss and Bernadette Caulfield (Game of Thrones) will also join as executive producers.
Following the announcement of the upcoming series, HBO was quick to face online backlash.
— Kellee Terrell (@kelleent) July 19, 2017
HBO was like, “We gave y’all a 2nd season of Insecure..now you’ll deal with the Confederate..”
— Yesha (@YeshaCallahan) July 19, 2017
Pretty dope that HBO would make Insecure then almost immediately make Confederate! Love that vision HBO!
— Yassir Lester (@Yassir_Lester) July 19, 2017
“HBO’s new series CONFEDERATE is-”
Nope. Nope. Nope. Whole lotta nope. Noppity Nil. Leslie Knope. Nah. pic.twitter.com/2FzsAI2DBd
Confederate can be made. And people can think it's a lousy premise. It's fine.
— roxane gay (@rgay) July 19, 2017