Plot Twist: 'Confederate' Is Still In Development At HBO
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Plot Twist: 'Confederate' Is Still In Development At HBO

In February, we thought that HBO’s planned series Confederate was probably not happening as its creators, Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, signed a deal with Disney/Lucasfilm to create a new Star Wars trilogy.

Well, we thought wrong! At the Television Critics Association Press Tour on Wednesday, HBO president Casey Bloys told TVLine that the series is still in development.

“There’s no change. They haven’t written anything. (David and D.B) still have to finish digital effects work on (Game of Thrones‘ final season)… and they obviously now have the Star Wars movie. But at a certain point, they’ll tell us when they are ready.”

News was first released that the series was “not actively being worked on” in November.

After the initial announcement of the faux history show, the network and execs made a series of apologies. During the TCA tour this time last year, right after the show was first announced, Bloys said, “If I had to do it over again, what I would do to introduce the idea is what we ended up doing after the fact with the four producers, which is to have them sit with journalists.” he said. 

Aside from Benioff and Weiss, to prominent black producers, Nichelle Tramble Spellman and Malcolm Spellman were involved in the project, at least during its initial announcement.

According to its official description, the series would chronicle “the events leading to the Third American Civil War. The series takes place in an alternate timeline, 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.”

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