Pending the conclusion of their first great creation, Thrones, Benioff and Weiss announced this week that they are staying with HBO to embark on another explosive journey.
“We have discussed ‘Confederate’ for years, originally as a concept for a feature film,” Benioff and Weiss said in a statement. “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 [executive producers] Nichelle [Tramble Spellman] and Malcolm [Spellman], who have impressed us for a long time with their wit, their imagination and their Scrabble-playing skills.”
The new show explores an alternate reality in which the South wins the Civil War and slavery becomes a full-blown institution in the United States. They are promoting it as a depiction of the “third American Civil War” that follows the lives of “freedom fighters, slave hunters, politicians, abolitionists, journalists, the executives of a slave-holding conglomerate, and the families of people in their thrall.”
But onlookers aren’t seeing the intriguing dramatic possibilities of black empowerment in the plot that Benioff and Weiss see, and don’t think they’re the right men for depicting slavery. One critic tweeted, “Two white guys making a show where black slavery features prominently. This is profoundly tone deaf.”
This HBO show sounds stupid as hellhttps://t.co/Qqni5yMU4e
— Ira Madison III (@ira) July 20, 2017
Two white guys making a show where black slavery features prominently. This is profoundly tone deaf.
— Logan Rapp (@Loganchance) July 19, 2017
That new Confederate Alt History is such a bad idea and I can’t wait to see it crash & burn in a PR nightmare.
— Peter (@StaticJungle) July 19, 2017
Are there lots of “If the Nazis won…” tv/movie concepts? Zero interest in slavery-fantasy show.
— Joanne Charles (@jccharlesesq) July 19, 2017
#Confederate is akin to making a movie about never defeating nazi germany and allowing the holocaust to continue
— unpforgettable pfire (@firefire100) July 19, 2017
Are Confederate writers too rich to actually know the racial climate that they actually live in? Because this is so not a good idea.
— ☔BlackPplAreHuman♿ (@SparrowOnTheEye) July 20, 2017
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