On the heels of the backlash HBO has been receiving for their planned series “Confederate,” news has now broken that Amazon has been planning a similar alternate-history series that explores that same time period.
Deadline reported Tuesday that the project, titled “Black America,” is a drama led by producer Will Packer of “Straight Outta Compton” fame, as well as “The Boondocks” creator and “Black Jesus” co-creator Aaron McGruder. The project has reportedly been in the works for more than a year.
The story envisions an alternate history where newly freed slaves have successfully secured the southern states of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama to shape their own destinies as African-Americans. They form a nation called New Colonia, which has had a tumultuous relationship with the United States or “Big Neighbor.” As New Colonia thrives, America “slides into rapid decline.” Consequently, “the fate of two nations, indivisible, hangs in the balance.”
It was HBO’s announcement of “Confederate” this month that prompted the “Black America” team to reveal the show’s premise.
“It felt like 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,” Packer told Deadline.
Packer added “Black America” is in “very, very active development” with McGruder “off and writing.”
He also said the idea of a utopia for African-Americans isn’t a new concept.
“It was something that was personally intriguing for me as a black American,” he explained….