HBO Greenlights‘Confederate’ From ‘Game of Thrones’ Producers

HBO has tapped Game of Thrones creators/showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss to develop an new original series Confederate, network officials said Wednesday.

Confederate takes place in an alternate timeline in which the southern states have successfully seceded from the Union, creating a nation in which slavery remains legal and has evolved into a modern institution.

Benioff and Weiss will write Confederate and serve as showrunners on the series.. Also serving as executive producers and writers on the series will be Nichelle Tramble Spellman (Justified, The Good Wife), Malcolm Spellman (Empire), Carolyn Strauss and Bernadette Caulfield (Game of Thrones.)

“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,” said Casey Bloys, president, HBO Programming in a statement. “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.”

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