Game of Thrones creators slammed for new show
GAME Of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have already lined up a new project for when the popular fantasy series wraps up next year.
Confederate will take place in an alternate universe in which the Southern Confederate states successfully seceded from the Union after the American Civil War. Effectively, this means that what we know as the United States was split into two countries, one in which slavery remained legal.
The area where the two countries meet is called the Mason-Dixon Demilitarised Zone (not unlike the DMZ that separates North and South Korea) and the show will follow characters including politicians, slave hunters, abolitionists, journalists and freedom fighters in the lead up to the "Third American Civil War".
Benioff and Weiss will serve as showrunners and writers for the series, like they do for Game of Thrones. The show won't go into production until after the final season of Game of Thrones next year.
Benioff and Weiss have brought on board Nichelle Spellman (The Good Wife, Justified) and Malcolm Spellman (Empire) as writers and executive producers.
While Game of Thrones was adapted from George R.R. Martin's books, Confederateappears to be an original concept.
"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."
Confederate bears some similarity to Amazon series Man in the High Castle which is set in an alternative reality in which Nazi-Germany and Japan won World War II and the US is now part of their empire.
However, within hours of the announcement, the backlash was on. Social media users took offence at a fantasy series in which a modern American society still enslaved African-Americans, especially given the current political atmosphere in the US.