David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are no strangers to controversy — the showrunners' hit series "Game of Thrones" has generated its fair share of headlines throughout its run. But the announcement of their next project, titled "Confederate" — which imagines an alternate timeline, where the southern states have seceded from the Union and slavery is legal — sparked a firestorm of backlash on social media.Critics questioned the decision to have the drama be told by two white men, although Benioff...
Once glibly referred to as “Lord of the Rings” for TV, Weiss – with co-showrunner David Benioff – elevated George R.R. Martin’s popular book series, “A Song of Fire and Ice,” to new heights of obsession among fans. Weiss knows the secrets of author George R.R. Martin’s book series, even the unpublished volumes, but he and Benioff are now charting the characters’ courses on their own terms that may deviate from the fates Martin plans in his upcoming novels. The series is set to wrap its run with a final season next year.
“This is us carrying the story forward from the end point of the final book [published],” Weiss told Variety in 2016. “That was both very exciting and a bit terrifying at times.”
Weiss earned a master’s of philosophy in Irish literature from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, and a master’s of fine arts in creative writing from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. A novelist (2003’s “Lucky Wander Boy”), Weiss’s early career included writing screenplays for films that were never made or made using other writers’ scripts. Now the question is what comes next. As architects of HBO’s hit series, Benioff and Weiss have ample opportunity to chart their own course beyond the finale of “Game of Thrones.” They’ve announced a new project, “Confederate,” a sci-fi, alternative history project co-produced with Malcolm Spellman and Nichelle Tramble Spellman.