Game of Thrones Showrunners Sign Big Money Deal With Netflix
David Benioff and Dan Weiss have signed a multi-year film and TV deal with Netflix, the giant streamer beating out rivals Disney and Amazon to land the “Game of Thrones” showrunners.
The reportedly $200 million multiyear overall film and TV deal will see Benioff and Weiss create and develop new projects for the streaming giant. Amazon Studios had been the front-runner until early July, when Netflix re-emerged with a more competitive offer.
Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said Wednesday in a statement: “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 added in a joint statement: “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 honored they invited us to join them.”
The deal effectively ends any chance of their controversially premised modern slavery drama “Confederate” ever getting made. Benioff and Weiss are still working on a “Star Wars” film trilogy for Disney-owned Lucasfilm and will be credited as executive producers on any and all ‘Thrones’ prequel series though won’t be involved in any sort of hands-on capacity.