‘Game of Thrones’ showrunners announce next project with HBO

If you’re in denial about Game of Thrones really coming to an end, the show’s creators are here to throw ice water in your face.

HBO announced today the next project that David Benioff and D. B. Weiss will undertake with the network — and, no, it’s not one of the Thrones spinoffs. Instead, they’re going with alternative American history.

According to a press release, Confederate will show the events leading up to the Third American Civil War, “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.”

Confederate is getting a straight-to-series order from HBO, a sign that executives at the network are confident that the now battle-hardened Weiss and Benioff are capable of pulling off the tricky subject matter.

“Their intelligent, wry and visually stunning approach to storytelling has a way of engaging an audience and taking them on an unforgettable journey,” says Casey Bloys, president of programming at HBO. Confederate “promises to be no exception.”

Benioff and Weiss say they had originally thought of the concept for a feature film, but that their experience with Thrones showed them that a HBO series was the way to go.

As they do on Thrones, the duo will be Confederate‘s showrunners as well as creators and writers. Joining them as executive producers and writers will be Nichelle Tramble Spellman (Justified, The Good Wife) and Malcolm Spellman (Empire, the forthcoming Foxy Brown). Carolyn Strauss and Bernadette Caulfield, who have already worked with Benioff and Weiss on Thrones, will also join the series as executive producers.

Confederate is slated to begin production once Thrones is wrapped up, so hopefully the new series won’t get in the way of Thrones‘ highly anticipated — and possibly years-away — final season.


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