HBO greenlights new series ‘Confederate’
HBO approves new alternate reality show ‘Confederate’
LOS ANGELES, July 20, 2017 —HBO executives have given the go-ahead for a new series from David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the creative geniuses behind Game of Thrones. As Game of Thrones begins winding down, Benioff and Weiss have begun creating their next major production.
Benioff and Weiss announced their new show “Confederate,” which takes place in an alternate reality, where the southern states have seceded from the Union, giving rise to a country in which slavery is still alive and has become a modern industry. The story follows a handful of characters including freedom fighters, slave hunters, politicians, abolitionists, journalists, the businessmen behind the slave-holding industry and the families affected by their work.
Production on “Confederate” is scheduled to begin following the final season of “Game of Thrones.” Season 7 of GOTR began last weekend and brought in record ratings. Season 8 has an expected release date for 2019. Beinoff and Weiss are the showrunners, executive producers and writers. Nichelle Spellman (“The Good Wife”) and Malcolm Spellman (“Empire”) will co-write the series. HBO President Case Bloys applauded Beinoff and Weiss’ work in a statement about the upcoming project.
“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,” said HBO programming president, Casey Bloys. “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.”
‘Confederate’ was originally planned to be a feature film, but Beinoff and Weiss’ experience on HBO convinced them to create it for television. Beinoff and Weiss both confirmed that “Game of Thrones” prequels are in the works, but they will not be involved in those projects.