GOT cre­ators map out new se­ries Con­fed­er­ate

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Slav­ery is il­le­gal in Wes­teros but that evil in­sti­tu­tion is very much alive and well in the next project from “Game of Thrones” cre­ators David Be­nioff and D.B. Weiss. On Wed­nes­day, HBO an­nounced plans for the duo’s first post-Thrones project. They will write and ex­ec­u­tive-pro­duce “Con­fed­er­ate,” an al­ter­nate-time­line drama in which the South suc­cess­fully se­ceded from the Union and slav­ery is not only le­gal but has evolved with the times. And a new Amer­i­can Civil War looms. Af­ter the sev­enth and fi­nal sea­son of their Emmy-win­ning fan­tasy se­ries is com­plete, Be­nioff and Weiss will trade schem­ing no­bles, sell-swords and broth­ers of the Night’s Watch for slaves, slave hunters, abo­li­tion­ists, politi­cians, jour­nal­ists and CEOs of slave­hold­ing cor­po­ra­tions. “We have dis­cussed ‘Con­fed­er­ate’ for years, orig­i­nally as a con­cept for a fea­ture film,” the duo said in a state­ment. “But our ex­pe­ri­ence on Thrones has con­vinced us that no one pro­vides a big­ger, bet­ter sto­ry­telling can­vas than HBO. There won’t be drag­ons or White Walk­ers in this se­ries, but we are cre­at­ing a world, and we couldn’t imag­ine bet­ter part­ners in world-build­ing than Nichelle (Tram­ble Spell­man, who was a pro­ducer on CBS’ “The Good Wife”) and Mal­colm (Spell­man, a writer/pro­ducer on Fox’s “Em­pire”), who have im­pressed us for a long time with their wit, their imag­i­na­tion and their Scrab­ble-play­ing skills.” Pro­duc­tion will be­gin af­ter “Game of Thrones” wraps.

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