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Confederate is an upcoming American television and alternate history drama series set in a timeline where the American Civil war ended in a stalemate. David Benioff and D. B. Weiss are developing the series for the network HBO. The two previously developed the HBO series Game of Thrones.[1]

Confederate
Genre
Created by
Country of origin United States
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • David Benioff
  • D. B. Weiss
  • Carolyn Strauss
  • Nichelle Tramble Spellman
  • Malcolm Spellman
  • Bernadette Caulfield
Release
Original network HBO

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PremiseEdit

Per HBO's official Medium account:[2]

Confederate chronicles events leading to the "Third American Civil War". It 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 Zonefreedom fighters, slave hunters, politicians, abolitionists, journalists, the executives of a slave-holding conglomerate, and the families of people in their thrall.

ProductionEdit

Conception and developmentEdit

 
D. B. Weiss and David Benioff are the creators of the series.

On July 19, 2017, David Benioff announced that he and D. B. Weiss would begin production on a new HBO series, titled Confederate, after the final season of Game of Thrones (2019). Benioff and Weiss said, "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." Joining as executive producers will be Nichelle Tramble Spellman, Malcolm Spellman, Carolyn Strauss and Bernadette Caulfield.[3] The series will be written by Benioff, Weiss, Nichelle Tramble Spellman and Malcolm Spellman.[1]

On February 6, 2018 Lucasfilm announced Benioff and Weiss as the writers and producers of a series of new Star Wars films, to begin production "as soon as the final season of Game of Thrones is complete", casting doubt on whether Confederate would be produced.[4]

ReactionsEdit

Upon announcement, Confederate received backlash on Twitter over its featuring a modern-day Confederate States of America in which slavery is legal. April Reign, who created #OscarsSoWhite, created #NoConfederate, which became the number one trending topic during the airing of an episode of Game of Thrones. Jake Nevis of The Guardian was concerned the show would act as wish fulfillment for white supremacists. He also cited the lack of diversity on Game of Thrones as a foundation for their concerns.[5]

Weiss and Benioff with executive producers Nichelle Tramble Spellman and Malcolm Spellman, both of whom are African American, defended the show in an interview with Vulture.com in which they asked critics to defer judgment until the show airs.[6] At the Television Critics Association press tour, HBO President Casey Bloys acknowledged that the announcement of the show was poorly executed, but stood behind the decision to green-light the show.[7]

After the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, on August 12, 2017, KJ Whittaker worried that Confederate could fan the flames of hate groups in America today.[8] HBO representatives responded to these concerns on August 15 with a statement to The New York Times:

"HBO has a long history of championing intelligent storytelling and we will approach this project with the same level of thoughtfulness that has always defined our programming. We recognize the sensitivity of this project and will treat it with the respect that it deserves. Our creative partners should be given time to develop the series rather than face prejudgment."[9]

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