Confederate, the new show from the creators of the Game of Thrones, is under criticism because of it’s controversial premise.
David Benioff’s and D.B. Weiss’s Confederate will follow the “events that will lead to the Third American Civil War”. The show will take place in an alternative timeline where the southern states won the Civil War and as a result, a nation where slavery is legal and evolved into a modern institution. The story is going to be told by characters from both sides of the conflict, such as resistance fighters, slave hunters, politicians and more.
“What makes the premise fundamentally problematic is that it threatens to erase the actual history,” activist and artist Bree Newsome, who made headlines in 2015 when she was arrested for removing the Confederate flag from the South Carolina statehouse, tells The Hollywood Reporter.
“There has been so much deliberate miseducation around the Civil War, and this basically rewrites black history of the past 150 years,” she adds. “We combat racism through educating people on history, so it’s dangerous to present alternative histories when people are still not clear on the facts.”
Confederate‘s green light
Confederate‘s production will start right after Game of Thrones ends, which should be around 2018 or 2019. Both Benioff and Weiss will also be executive producers and writers of the show. Nichelle Tramble Spelmman (Justified, The Good Wife) and Malcom Spellman (Empire) will be writers for the show as well.