Game Of Thrones creators and showrunners David Benioff and DB Weiss have signed an overall deal with Netflix, the streaming service has announced. The deal will involve the duo developing new films and TV series and, according to THR, is worth $200 million.
In a statement, Netflix’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos said: “We are thrilled to welcome master storytellers David Benioff and Dan Weiss to Netflix. They are a creative force and have delighted audiences worldwide with their epic storytelling. We can’t wait to see what their imaginations will bring to our members.”
Benioff and Weiss were reportedly also in discussions with Disney and Amazon, with Amazon being the frontrunner in July, but Netflix ended up making a competitive offer that beat the rest. However, the pair is also currently working with Disney-owned Lucasfilm on an upcoming Star Wars trilogy.
The duo added: “We’ve had a beautiful run with HBO for more than a decade and we’re grateful to everyone there for always making us feel at home. Over the past few months we’ve spent many hours talking to Cindy Holland and Peter Friedlander, as well as Ted Sarandos and Scott Stuber. We remember the same shots from the same ’80s movies; we love the same books; we’re excited about the same storytelling possibilities. Netflix has built something astounding and unprecedented, and we’re honoured they invited us to join them.”
Despite finally wrapping up the highly acclaimed Game Of Thrones with an eighth season, Benioff and Weiss received a fair amount of stick this summer when fans weren’t happy with how they ended things. This distress even escalated to the point of viewers signing a notorious petition to try and get the showrunners to redo the final season. Hopefully they will satisfy with their future endeavours.
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