Coming hot on the heels of HBO battling the backlash over their proposed and controversial “Confederate” series,” Amazon has announced plans o develop its own post-slavery alternate history series “Black America”. This one, however, takes a different approach.
“Confederate” comes from “Game Of Thrones” pair David Benioff and D.B. Weiss and plans to explore the idea of the southern states having successfully seceded from the Union and given rise to a nation in which slavery remains legal and now a major institution.
“Black America” on the other hand, which has been in the works for over a year, hails from Will Packer (“Straight Outta Compton”) and Aaron McGruder (“The Boondocks”). In it, newly freed African Americans have secured the Southern states of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama post-Reconstruction as reparations for slavery – ultimately forming the sovereign nation of New Colonia.
New Colonia, which has had a sometimes violent relationship with its neighbor The United States, is now prospering after decades of peace and become one of the major industrialized nations on the world stage. At the same time the United States slides into rapid decline, but the fates of the two nations are inexorably intertwined.
Packer says the concept of what would happen if reparations were actually given has not yet really been explored to any major degree in long-form content and so makes for a compelling idea.