“Game of Thrones” creators to helm brand new HBO series

"Game of Thrones" creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss announced they are working on "Confederate," a new alternate-reality series where slavery still exists.

Jaime Lannister and Bronn look like they mean business as they arrive at Riverrun in Episode 7 of
Jaime Lannister and Bronn look like they mean business as they arrive at Riverrun in Episode 7 of "Game of Thrones." (Photo: HBO PR release)

LOS ANGELES, July 20, 2017 – HBO executives have given the go-ahead for a new series from David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the creative geniuses behind the smash hit series, “Game of Thrones.” As “Game of Thrones” begins winding down with its final season now in sight, Benioff and Weiss have already begun to create their next major production, a series called “Confederate.”

The planned new show takes place in an alternate reality in which America’s Southern states manage to successfully secede from the Union, giving rise to a new country in which slavery is still alive and has even become a modern industry.

The proposed story line  will follow a wide rang of characters, including freedom fighters, slave hunters, politicians, abolitionists, and journalists. The businessmen behind the slave-holding industry and the families affected by the system they maintain will also be key elements.

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“Confederate” was originally planned as a feature film, but Beinoff and Weiss’ experience with HBO convinced them to tailor it for extended release as a TV series. The new series is scheduled to begin production following Season 8, the final season of “Game of Thrones.”

Season 7 of GOTR was just launched this past weekend and, as anticipated, garnered record ratings. The epic’s final Season 8 currently has a projected release date of 2019. Beinoff and Weiss are again the showrunners, executive producers and writers for the extended finale. Nichelle Spellman (“The Good Wife”) and Malcolm Spellman (“Empire”) will co-write the series.

HBO programming president Case Bloys applauded the team’s work on “Game of Thrones” in a formal statement looking ahead to the team’s upcoming project.

“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. ‘Confederate’ promises to be no exception, and we are honored to be adding the talented team of Nichelle and Malcolm Spellman to the mix.”

In related news, Benioff and Weiss confirmed that “Game of Thrones” prequels are also in the works, though they will not be involved in those projects.

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