In the wake of the controversy caused by HBO who announced they were making a series about an alternative history of slavery — titled Confederate — with Game of Thrones producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss (who have defended their decision), Amazon has revealed they are planning a show with a very similar premise.
Whereas in Confederate “the southern states have successfully seceded from the Union, giving rise to a nation in which slavery remains legal and has evolved into a modern institution,” Deadline reports that the Amazon series, titled Black America,“paints a reality where southern states have left the Union but takes a very different approach.”
Feature producer Will Packer (Ride Along, Think Like A Man franchises, Straight Outta Compton) and The Boondocks creator and Black Jesus co-creator Aaron McGruder are both on-board for the series.
Packer told Deadline that the plot, “envisions an alternate history where newly freed African Americans have secured the Southern states of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama post-Reconstruction as reparations for slavery, and with that land, the freedom to shape their own destiny. The sovereign nation they formed, New Colonia, has had a tumultuous and sometimes violent relationship with its looming “Big Neighbor,” both ally and foe, the United States.”
He continued: “The past 150 years have been witness to military incursions, assassinations, regime change, coups, etc. Today, after two decades of peace with the U.S. and unprecedented growth, an ascendant New Colonia joins the ranks of major industrialized nations on the world stage as America slides into rapid decline.
“Inexorably tied together, the fate of two nations, indivisible, hangs in the balance. It felt this was the appropriate time to make sure that audiences and the creative community knew that there was a project that preexisted and we are pretty far down the road with it.”
“[Black America] was something that was personally intriguing for me as a black American,” Packer continued. “You would be hard pressed to find many black Americans who have not thought about the concept of reparation, what would happen if reparations were actually given. As a content creator, the fact that that is something that has been discussed thoroughly throughout various demographics of people in this country, but yet never been explored to my knowledge in any real way in long-form content, I thought it was a tremendous opportunity to delve into the…