The series will take place in an alternate timeline where the southern states successfully seceded from the Union and formed a nation where slavery is legalized
David Benioff (L) and D.B. Weiss accept the award for outstanding writing for a drama series for “Game Of Thrones” at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP), photo: Invision/Chris Pizzelo/AP, File
21 of July 2017 19:36:03
NEW YORK – No scripts have been written, not even an outline.But HBO's announcement on Wednesday that the creator-showrunners of "Game of Thrones" will follow up that massive hit with an HBO series in which slavery remains legal in the modern-day South drew fire on social media from those who fear that telling that story will glorify racism.The series, "Confederate," will take place in an alternate timeline where the southern states have successfully seceded from the Union and formed a nation in which legalized slavery has evolved into a modern institution. The story follows "a broad swath of characters on both sides of the Mason-Dixon Demilitarized Zone," HBO said — "freedom fighters, slave hunters, politicians, abolitionists, journalists, the executives of a slave-holding conglomerate and the families of people in their thrall."It is not expected to start production for at least a year."Confederate" will be created and written by "Game of Thrones" masterminds David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, who will also serve as showrunners on the series. Both are white.HBO's announcement also said they would join forces with Malcolm Spellman ("Empire," the forthcoming "Foxy Brown") and Nichelle Tramble Spellman ("Justified," ''The Good Wife"), husband-and-wife TV veterans who both are black and who will be fellow executive producers and writers on the new series."This is not going to be, you know, the big 'Gone With the Wind' mansion," Nichelle Tramble Spellman told Vulture in an interview with the entire creative team that was posted Thursday night to address the backlash. "This is present day, or close to present day, and how the world would have evolved if the South had been successful seceding from the Union."She said what excited her about the project is "the idea that in order to build this, we would have to rebuild world history: 'OK, if this had happened here, how did the rest of the world change?'"