confederate producers defend against backlash

Confederate seemed like an intriguing premise for an HBO series: an alternate-history science fiction show depicting an America where the South had won the Civil War, created by the showrunners of the huge fantasy hit Game of Thrones? How bold, how avant garde, how…revolutionary. But perhaps HBO didn’t anticipate the severe outrage that the announcement of the show would incite.

Immediately, pop culture critics called out HBO for broaching a subject that is still so prevalent and sensitive today, as well as whether showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, who have met their share of controversy over Game of Thrones‘ lack of diversity and reliance on sexual violence, are the right people to handle such a volatile topic.

But the team behind Confederate, David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, Nichelle Tramble Spellman, and Malcolm Spellman, said they did see the backlash coming.

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Confederate

Game of Thrones just began its penultimate season, but with the eighth and final season looming, we’ve been wondering what showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss would do after its over. Would they take on a larger role on one of the Thrones spin-offs currently in development? Maybe make the jump to feature films? Go into hibernation after pouring their hearts and souls into one of the most difficult adaptations in TV history?

Now we know the answer: HBO has announced that the pair will be running a new drama series called Confederate that takes place in an alternate history in which the United States is about to enter a third Civil War. Looks like Amazon’s The Man in the High Castle will soon have some company in the “shows about historical events in an alternate timeline” category.
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Game of Thrones season 7 trailer breakdown

If you haven’t watched the latest trailer for Game of Thrones season 7 yet, put a pin in whatever you’re doing and check it out – but, fair warning, there’s a chance you might unconsciously pump your fist in celebration, so make sure you’re in a place where you won’t injure anyone in the process. I’m comfortable declaring this as the best trailer in the show’s history so far, and a trailer with this much going on deserves a closer look. Let’s dive in and go frame-by-frame through this glorious piece of work. The battle for Westeros has begun.
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game of thrones season 7 daenerys

At its core, HBO’s wildly popular fantasy series Game of Thrones is a chess game. The early seasons involved a handful of characters slowly and methodically plotting their political maneuvers and adapting to situations around them in the hopes of securing the coveted Iron Throne for themselves, while others waited in the wings, quietly accruing power and preparing to strike.

But now that the board has been culled down to its most essential pieces, things are going to start happening a hell of a lot more quickly on the show. No more waiting. No more quiet contemplating. It’s time for action, and according to new interviews with the showrunners and cast, that’s exactly what we’re going to get in Game of Thrones season 7.
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Battle of the Bastards pic

Earlier this year, “Battle of the Bastards” blew Game of Thrones fans away. Originally, as director Miguel Sapochnik previously told us, the episode was larger in scale, but nobody would’ve figured that by watching Jon Snow (Kit Harrington), the wildlings, and many more go up against Ramsay Bolton’s (Iwan Rheon) army. Sapochnik, who also directed the season six finale, was present during this year’s Game of Thrones panel at Comic-Con, where he shared a few facts about the battle.

Below, learn more about the epic Game of Thrones sequence.

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Game of Thrones season 6 finale recap - Sept of Baelor

As they say at the Wall, our watch has ended. Well, at least for the next several months. Game of Thrones concluded its sixth season earlier this week and since then there’s been rampant speculation about what’s coming in season seven. Who’s in power, and who’s on their way down? What does the confirmation of a certain fan theory mean for a certain character, and what other fan theories might come into play next season? How will the new alliances upend the old power structure? And where the hell is Gendry? Has he just been rowing for the past three seasons?

And here’s another question: What do the people who actually make Game of Thrones have to say about what’s coming up next? In a post-finale interview, showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff teased the next big threat to the Seven Kingdoms, and revealed roughly how many hours we’ve got left in Westeros. (MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD for the most recent episode.)  Read More »

Game of Thrones Season 6 - Tyrion

Even as we look ahead to another thrilling season in Westeros, it may be time to start preparing ourselves for the very end. A new report indicates Game of Thrones could go out with abbreviated seventh and eighth seasons, meaning we may only have 13 episodes left once season 6 wraps up.  Read More »

game of thrones pilot

Game of Thrones is one of those great, unlikely Hollywood success stories. Showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss took a complicated series of fantasy novels and, under the care of HBO, crafted a cultural phenomenon. At its best, Game of Thrones makes incorporating dense, compelling characters, and a wide scope into a single package look easy.

But making anything this ambitious is never easy. Each season of Game of Thrones is an ordeal and a half to create. And the roadblocks arrived early – it’s no secret that the show’s original pilot had to be almost entirely reshot. Now, years later, Benioff and Weiss seem comfortable talking about their disastrous first stab at this show and it’s the kind of behind-the-scenes story that is equally horrifying and uplifting.

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Maisie Williams as Arya Stark in Game of Thrones Season 5 (header)

For a while now it’s been clear that HBO’s Game of Thrones series could outpace George R.R. Martin‘s A Song of Ice and Fire books. Now showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have finally admitted that it will. In other words, instead of the books spoiling the show, the show will soon start spoiling the books.

It’s an outcome both sides had hoped to avoid, but with Book 6 (The Winds of Winter) nowhere in sight, they’ve run out of options. “The show must go on,” said Benioff. Read more about Game of Thrones spoiling books after the jump.  Read More »

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Legend of Zelda netflix

Netflix and Nintendo are at work potentially developing a TV series based on The Legend of Zelda. The news broke last week and got video game fans salivating. Sure there was a short lived Zelda TV show many years ago, but a Nintendo property hasn’t been adapted into a big budget, live-action…well…anything since the early Nineties. And The Legend of Zelda has long been at the top of fan’s wish lists for a new show of movie.

But what is the show going to be? All we know at the moment is Nintendo and Netflix want a family friendly show with the aesthetic of Game of Thrones. Okay, but how old will Link be? Zelda? Which will be the main character? Is Ganon the bad guy? What story will they use? At this point, without a script or showrunner, all options are likely on the table.

Since most of The Legend of Zelda games are about younger characters, that how we went with our casting wishlist. We tried to pick actors who, for the most part, aren’t super famous but are age appropriate. Actors both in the box and way outside it. The resulting list features lots of people who you may or may not have heard of, but you wouldn’t be surprised to hear were cast on a Netflix show. That’s not to say we didn’t stretch here or there.

So below, we’ve got our own Legend of Zelda Netflix casting wishlist for Link, Zelda, Ganon and then a writer/showrunner/director type. Check it out. Read More »