As the galaxy far, far, away expands even further, there was a shock announcement that the acclaimed writers would next be focusing their efforts on an unknown number of Star Wars films. Separate from the standard Skywalker saga and Rian Johnson's previously confirmed trilogy, the pair will tackle another far-off stretch of hyperspace at some point in the not too distant future. However, seeing as work on Confederate was previously due to start once Benioff and Weiss put down their claim to the Iron Throne for Game of Thrones, what happens next?
According to a report by Deadline, Benioff and Weiss' involvement with Star Wars has resulted in Confederate being put on hold "indefinitely." In particular, the site highlights the pair's statement that announced their upcoming work with Disney and Lucasfilm:
“We are honored by the opportunity, a little terrified by the responsibility, and so excited to get started as soon as the final season of Game of Thrones is complete.”
For those who think the words might sound a little familiar, that's because the bit about "as soon the final season of Game of Thrones" is an almost word for word copy of what they said when hyping up Confederate. So, unless Benioff and Weiss can be in two places at once, something's gotta give. Also, when you add to this HBO president Casey Bloys' comments at last month's TCA, it doesn't look like the Confederate flag will be flying any time soon:
“Dave and David are in production on Game of Thrones, they are still talking (about Confederate) but it’s going to be a year, year and a half before there is anything. They have to finish GOT.”
In addition to all that, TV Line has reached out for comment on the status of Confederate and HBO has declined to respond. All in all, it isn't looking good for the Civil War series.
Set to follow in the footsteps of big-hitter Game of Thrones, Confederate was due to occupy an alternate timeline in America where the South still remains separate from the USA and slavery is in full swing. However, with the idea already coming under fire for its controversial choice of subject matter, some might see Deadline's report as a good thing. The writing was already on the wall for Confederate thanks to reports that it was still in the works but that Benioff and Weiss weren't "actively involved", and it seems like the creators are already trying to distance themselves from the project. Conveniently, Star Wars makes for a very handy get out of jail free card.
HBO is known for its ambitious and violent projects like Deadwood, Thrones, and more recently Westworld, but it appears that Confederate may have been a step too far. In typical HBO fashion, an ensemble cast of loveable rogues and villains interweaving their stories sounds like it could be the next bingeable box set, but the chance to hop in a Star Destroyer and blow up some planets is not an opportunity that many would pass up on. Star Wars could be just what the creators need to bury the controversy of Confederate and pretend it never happened. Having already made big names for themselves in Hollywood, Benioff and Weiss are sure to bring their own bloody flair to Star Wars in one of the most exciting new prospects since George Lucas phased out Jar Jar Binks.
More on Confederate as the story develops.