Game Of Thrones Creators' Big Netflix Deal Kills Off Confederate, Their Next HBO Show

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Game of Thrones' showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff have signed a major new deal with Netflix to produce both movies and TV shows. As a result, the move has killed off the next series they were planning for HBO, Confederate, which had been a source of controversy when it was first announced.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Weiss and Benioff's deal with the streaming giant is worth a whopping $200 million and ensures that the pair will bring multiple films and TV shows to the streaming giant. This is on top of their upcoming Star Wars films, too.

This is undoubtedly good news for the duo, but it means that their next announced project at HBO definitely isn't happening. As reported by Vulture, this move to Netflix has effectively killed off Confederate, with sources saying that the pair do not have any projects in development at HBO at this time.

Confederate was to take place in an alternate reality and show 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. This past May, HBO programming boss Casey Bloys said that the show was not a priority at the network right now.

Of course, the final season of Game of Thrones was not without controversy too, with some fans petitioning for a different ending. Despite this, the final season went on to earn a record number of Emmy nominations.

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Another great move by Netflix. There is a word in Japanese for this kind of act: seppuku.

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>Confederate was to take place in an alternate reality and show the ramifications of a Confederate victory during the American Civil War

I liked it better when it was called Man in the High Castle...

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This move by Netflix reminds me of EMI signing Mariah Carey to an $80 million contract for her to make five albums, then cancelling the contract after one.

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I feel like they had already planned to cancel it, and were waiting on an appropriate moment. It's a shame, because the show sounded interesting.

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the title should say netlfix saves hbo from certain doom

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This is great news! After these two dunces slaughtered Game of Thrones' last season, I'd prefer they stay away from the networks I watch. In fact it seems the last season of GoT was the beginning of a recurring theme, slopping through/abandoning prior commitments to jump at whatever the next big paycheck is gonna be. GoT was half-***ed for their next big comeup, and now it seems the Confederate has been altogether abandoned, again for the very next better deal that comes down the road. Seems these two have zero respect for the material they're working with, and only care about whatever payoff comes next.

After GoT, Ill never watch a damn thing these fools lay a hand to. They had every opportunity to finish it in the necessary amount of time but repeatedly insisted to rush it, resulting in the worst season of the show ever. Now with this news, it seems disappointment and flaky behavior is something that people should come to expect with them.

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@mikes133: Well said. I shall continue keeping away from Netflix now as well.

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The cancellation of Confederacy is disappointing. I was actually looking forward to seeing how they would develop that. It's certainly an interesting idea. The Netflix deal seems a little glamorized without revealing what they're actually working on.

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Seems a lot of people disliked the Game Of Thrones ending; I really liked it and thought Maisie Williams was brilliant. Regarding this story here, it's clear HBO pushed them away after the controversy with Confederate and not surprising they made a deal with Netflix as it has so many more viewers on that streaming service, including myself :)

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@openmind23: She did way too much running around with the bombings, I mean dragon flame breathings. I wished they shortened it a lot more. I started wishing people will just die so that we can get onto the meat of the show, such as why Daenerys went mad queen. I don't mind the destinations they took with the characters, but the journey was a let down in the last ep. Maybe it will be better when I re-watch the final season after the blu-ray release.

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@streamline: "Maybe it will be better when I re-watch the final season after the blu-ray release."

SPOILERS: It won't.

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@streamline: I understand why some disliked the length of time with Arya in the city, but they needed to convey the danger and suffering that Daenerys caused. I wonder if there will be some deleted scenes on the Blu-Ray release, that would interesting.

I too are looking forward to rewatching; tempted to get the UHD with it being only £10 more than Blu-Ray in the UK on Amazon. Got to wait until Dec 2nd though, but a few other good releases to watch in between :)

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Netflix has made a massive mistake, Game of Thrones was good while the show was following the Books. Once they past the Books, the show turned to crap, the last two seasons especially showed had bad these guys are. What are Netflix expecting from this deal? Unless they have some other massive IP in the bag, I cannot see it being worth this.

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@Terrorantula: What? Season 7 was considered to be one of the best in the entire series. The only real complaint from fans (aside from Theon's existence) was the fact that characters seemed to teleport across Westeros at will.

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@timthegem: And make stupid decisions all the time.... rewatch it, the story makes no sense.

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@Terrorantula: Totally agree, who on earth said season 7 was good? I re-watched the entire series before season 8 and it was very obvious season 7 was a huge dip in quality compared to earlier seasons. I even predicted before season 8 started that it would be total trash, based on the graph of quality pointing steeply downwards in season 7.

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Does Game of Thrones not show that the pair are willing to rush something once they start getting better offers coming in for them?

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"With many arguing that Weiss and Benioff were not the right pair to tackle this subject matter".

Honestly if that's true then that's a tad racist really. A bit like people hating on Scarlett Johansson for being cast in a trans role, The Man In The High Castle gives us an interesting "what if" scenario and likewise I think this show could of done the same. Whether it would have been good is another matter.

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@gamingdevil800: How is saying that DB and DW may not be the best people to handle this subject matter racist exactly? You're reading a whole lot into that statement.

Did you ever think that maybe DB and DW have all the subtlety of a sledgehammer, and may not be best suited to the nuances of an obviously sensitive subject? Or maybe that they seem to suck at doing anything that isn't already written for them?

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@aross2004: IF it was their idea and their show then they obviously are the right people to make it. If I create a story, what right does ANYONE have to tell me "i'm not the right person to make it". That is that liberal millennium entitlement everyone talks about.

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@vikinglord666: "That is that liberal millennium entitlement everyone talks about."


Oh wait, you were actually being serious. In that case, kekekekekeke!

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@aross2004: People made those comments before the terrible episodes that appeared in season 7 and 8. Plus it's the twitter crowd I'm not going to spell it out but it's obvious what they are suggesting.

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I feel like this is the perfect excuse to drop the series without admitting it was a bad idea. As soon as the concept was announced, it was backlash city. It's no coincidence that D&D began to focus on other avenues while HBO quietly put it on the shelf after it garnered them some negative attention.

It's unfortunate that D&D got all these writing and developing contracts worth small fortunes BEFORE everyone got to realize that they're not great writers. I'm a little bummed to think of how their Star Wars trilogy is going to end up. Star Wars never had the most epic or elaborate writing or plot, but it's still a sacred IP to a lot of people. If botching the end of GOT was bad, imagine how much hate they'll get for botching an entire Star Wars trilogy...

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@CTBradums: Hollywood doesn't care about good writing. They care about money. But writing wise, they're average, certainly not the worst either. Juggling 15 characters in a series that its own creator couldn't handle the stress of all its story and character, not easy. I don't envy or blame them.

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Good. This show would have been a liberal puke fest. 1 hour each Sunday letting white males know how horrible they are.

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@cramseyla25: Its just a TV show. Nobody is forced to watch it. Its no different idea than Man in the High Castle where its about what would have happened if the Nazis won the war...

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@cramseyla25: Oh you're one of those self hating white f@g$ aye.

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@vikinglord666: Is English a second language for you? It's rather apparent from my comment that I'm not.

You're an embarrassment to conservatism.

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@cramseyla25: Though I would imagine such would be twisted that way in today's world, but it really could have been pretty amazing. That is if it took inspiration from Harry Turtledove's work (That series is a masterpiece of how you handle alternate history).

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A series based of the World War books would be great. I doubt it would get past one season though.

Wish I could find the sixth book so I could finally finish the second trilogy.

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This is probably for the best. I don't want to imagine the crap show on social media if this show was made. Talk about stirring the pot.

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Weiss and Benioff are so overrated.

Straight up hacks.

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@aross2004: A flawed conclusion doesn't erase all the good work they did up until then.

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@Bread_or_Decide: The good work was the source material.

They executed that well. But their successes are largely going to be dependent on the quality of the underlying writing.

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@Bread_or_Decide: They were very good at adapting the written word, it's imagination they seem to have a lack of.

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@Bread_or_Decide: "Good work" is completely subjective.

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@aross2004: Well: adapated a hit show, millions of viewers, countless award nominations, pop culture sensation that put george's books on top tier status.

I'd count that as good work.

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@Bread_or_Decide: It was good work when they had the books to go off of.

Then they slaughtered the series when it came time for them to write something without reference material.

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@Bread_or_Decide: Well, depends on your perception. In my opinion, they're great producers, but terrible writers. When using GRRM's writing for the plot and storyline, they made it come alive in a great way on the screen. Not going to pretend they weren't great producers responsible for bringing an amazing show to the public and highlighting an amazing series of novels. When putting in their own writing, though...not so much. The lore that practically defined the setting was nonexistent, character development disappeared and characters became archetypes with little depth, plot logic was thrown out the window (they even contradicted and shut down their OWN written plot points), and it was clearly a rush to the finish line.

There was a clear-cut line between what was GRRM's writing and what was D&D's writing, and it was a jarring gap in quality and logic. So as producers, they're great. As writers, I would agree...they're hacks.

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@Bread_or_Decide: I disagree. As soon as they didn't have GRRM source material to use the show took a huge dive. Hopefully they are adapting another book because I don't really trust them to do original material.

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@fbplayer1064: I would trust them more with original material. Adapting GOT and then trying to match GRRM's writing, come on who could live up to that? That's like being the headliner behind Metallica. You can't follow that act. Season 6 is pretty darn good and they wrote it. They didn't stick the landing but neither did the creator of the whole darn thing, George. Guy can't even bring himself to finish his own series. What hope did they have?

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garbage hacks. HBO should feel lucky they don't owe these two any more money or contractual obligations. They're Netflix and Disney's problems now lul

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Those two can't write shit, they need somebody else's work (GRRM for example, once the source material was over, they were doomed and the series quality took a dip) to produce something.

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That show was long canceled before this article

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funny I don't think the Netflix deal killed there confederate show idea pretty sure the slavery thing is what killed it.

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@dragoonmike: naa you kidding me? HBO would've gladly welcomed that show. as well as liberal holywood

white guilt SELLS for media and journalism. those shows are basically award bait.

also liberal Hollywood journaism can't get enough shows about slavery. they purse puppy blacks and constantly make films remidng blacks of slavery and using white guilt to get monertaty and other gains such as award recognition. them when african history and culture goes beyond their experience pre-aboliton America and especially after it.

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Ty for the info. Good to know whose work not to watch.

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I am interested in seeing that tv show that alt time line intregaues me I feel like it will be great to show other eras and events with different out comes on how the world may have changed with different victors etc.

But I dont want to watch it if its done by them 2. I swear season 8 left a bad taste it killed that franchise it was inexcusable how bad it was they had no clue and they are sell outs so I hope no one hires them again after the stunt they pulled. Listening to each episode interviews why they did what hurt the brain to understand the logic and reasons by them it made no sense at all