David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, showrunners of “Game of Thrones,” have a new HBO series in development called “Confederate,” and it’s already drawing criticism. In the series, the South successfully seceded from the North during the Civil War, and slavery has become a modern institution.
Confidential to HBO: Nobody on here thinks #Confederate is a good idea.
— David M. Perry (@Lollardfish) July 19, 2017
Like “Game of Thrones,” the series will follow a wide array of characters such as politicians, slave hunters, abolitionists, and journalists. The president of HBO programming, Casey Bloys, has this to say about the series:
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. Their intelligent, wry and visually stunning approach to storytelling has a way of engaging an audience and taking them on an unforgettable journey.
Ambitious, indeed. But the series hasn’t gone over so well on social media. It’s been called everything from “disgusting” to “cringeworthy.”
Two white guys making a show where black slavery features prominently. This is profoundly tone deaf.
— Logan Rapp (@Loganchance) July 19, 2017
Benioff spoke to Vulture about the series and had this to say regarding the controversy:
But this points out — we haven’t written any scripts yet. We don’t have an outline yet. We don’t even have character names. So, everything is brand-new and nothing’s been written. I guess that’s what was a little bit surprising about some of the outrage. It’s just a little premature. You know, we might f*** it up. But we haven’t yet.
Weiss and Benioff can only deal with one flame war at a time, via Quartz
The series hasn’t been written yet, but the pitch is enough to spark outrage on the internet. The backlash spread like wildfire, but not the kind they’re used to.
Last fire pun, I promise, via Game of Thrones Wiki
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