Confederate, the controversial HBO show from the minds of Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, has been officially canceled. HBO programming boss Casey Bloys confirmed this to TVLine.
Confederate was to take place in an alternate reality and depict the ramifications of a Confederate victory during the American Civil War. It would have been set in a version of America where slavery had not been abolished.
Back in 2017, the show’s announcement sparked some controversy, with many arguing that Weiss and Benioff were not the right pair to tackle this subject matter. In May 2019, Bloys said that the show was not a priority, and when Weiss and Benioff signed their new deal with Netflix, it looked like Confederate was done for.
Weiss and Benioff are now being paid $200 million to work with Netflix on new TV shows and movies. Confederate was not the only project to get the axe following their deal with Netflix, as the pair also walked away from a new trilogy of Star Wars movies.
In other HBO programming news, it was recently confirmed that Watchmen is unlikely to get a second season after showrunner Damon Lindelof announced he is stepping away.
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