Earlier this fall HBO faced a PR nightmare when they announced that the cable network was working with Game Of Thrones duo David Benioff and D.B. Weiss on a new series called Confederate.
Similar to the premise of Amazon’s Man in White Castle, the series takes place in a world where the outcome of the Civil War was much different. The idea drew plenty of criticism, taking place in an alternate Civil War 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. It’s clear that the show would have be controversial, and it didn’t help that the announcement was in such a hostile cultural climate.
Now it seems things have really slowed down. The Washington Post reports “the show is still in development, [but] the creators are not actively working on it.” One factor could be that Benioff and Weiss are focused on the final season of Game Of Thrones, or they are trying to figure out exactly what they are trying to do with their premise.
It is nothing new that often times shows go into development, but few come out landing a series order, and even fewer become gigantic hits like Game Of Thrones. So we’ll see what ends up happening with Confederate, but it’s clear that HBO doesn’t want to put this show in the spotlight anytime soon.