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St. Pete native producing alternate history series 'Black America,' imagining a different end to the Civil War

Will Packer in St. Petersburg for BurgBorn in 2016.

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Will Packer in St. Petersburg for BurgBorn in 2016.



St. Petersburg native and Hollywood producer Will Packer is producing an alternate history series with Boondocks creator Aaron McGruder which will imagine a very different version of the United States that diverges from reality at the end of the Civil War. 

Black America, which is deep in development at Amazon, conjures a world in which America's newly-freed slaves were given the states of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama as reparations, creating a new nation known as Colonia, according to Deadline.

Set in modern times, Colonia has a not-surprisingly tenuous relationship with the United States 150 years after its founding, but finds itself among "the ranks of major industrialized nations on the world stage as America slides into rapid decline."

Packer told the entertainment industy news site that the production decided to reveal more details of Black America, as a counter measure to HBO's announcment of Confederate, an alternate-history series from the creators of Game of Thrones, which imagines a world where the South was victorious and slavery still exists.

Packer was born and raised in St. Petersburg and graduated from St. Petersburg High in 1991. Packer's previous productions include Straight Outta Compton, Ride Along and the recent remake of Roots.


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[Last modified: Tuesday, August 1, 2017 6:16pm]


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