Game of Thrones showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff's controversial HBO television show, Confederate, is no longer a priority for the network, it seems. Programming Manager Casey Bloys told the Deadline show is "not on the front burner" right now for HBO. That was all Bloys had to say about the subject.
Confederate was announced in 2017. The show takes place in an alternative version of the United States, where the Confederates win the American Civil War and thereby allow slavery to continue. Benioff and Weiss were announced as the showrunners of the program, which is the same role they had for Game of Thrones.
The show's message was met with quick criticism of its subject. HBO was behind the show and said it had faith in its creators to "approach the subject with care and sensitivity." Benioff meanwhile said that the offense was "a little too early" because the show was so early in production.
"We haven't written any scripts yet," he said. "We don't have an overview yet. We don't even have sign names," he said. "So everything is brand new and nothing is written. I think it was a little surprising to some of the acts of violence. It's just a little too early. You may know that, but we haven't got it yet."
Production was scheduled to begin after Game of Thrones finished as it is now, but the program was delayed after Weiss and Benioff took on Disney's job to work on a new Star Wars movie trilogy.
In February This year, Bloy's TV line told us that the delay of Confederate is coming down to Weiss and Benioff, who take the Star Wars job, not because of the controversy.
"Dan and David finish last season [of Game of Thrones] and then they're going to enter the Star Wars universe," Bloys said. "When they get out of it, I suppose they'll come back to us."
The first of the new Star Wars films from Weiss and Benioff is scheduled to beat theaters in 2022, so it could be a very long time before Confederate is released.
Weiss and Benioff are now visiting studies in an effort to secure a new "unified" agreement. WarnerMedia, which owns HBO, is among those who talk to the couple about a new agreement, although it still has to be seen, which company Weiss and Benioff can sign with.
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