HBO has announced Confederate, the next project from David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the creators, writers, producers, and showrunners behind their mega-hit series Game of Thrones.
The series is set in an alternate historical timeline, in which the southern states successfully seceded from the United States and events are leading toward a third American Civil War.
You can read more about Confederate below.
Here’s an official description of the series from HBO:
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.
Benioff and Weiss will once again be writing and serving as showrunners. Joining them on the project as writers and executive producers are Nichelle Tramble Spellman (Justified, The Good Wife) and Malcolm Spellman (Empire, the upcoming Foxy Brown).
Of the announcement, HBO president of programming Casey Bloys said:
“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 also released a statement, saying:
“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.”
Season seven of Game of Thrones kicked off this past weekend, and the eighth and final season will arrive next year. After that, Benioff and Weiss will jump right into production on Confederate.
But it’s not really the end for Game of Thrones. As we know, multiple spinoff series are currently in development at HBO. They’ll just be made by new teams as Weiss and Benioff move on to this new project.
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