Game of Thrones Creators David Benioff & D.B. Weiss Sign Major Netflix Deal
David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, fresh off steering the record-breaking 8th and final season of Game of Thrones for HBO, have signed a massive new deal with Netflix. The Hollywood Reporter has the scoop that the duo has inked a $200 million multiyear deal that will see them develop new projects in both film and television.
“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,” Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said yesterday in a statement.
A joint statement from Benioff and Weiss confirmed the deal: “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 two Game of Thrones creators are very busy. They’ve not only got this new Netflix deal, but they’re already working with Disney on a new Star Wars trilogy. The new trilogy’s first film is slated for December 16, 2022, with the final two installments set for December 2024 and 2026. Rian Johnson is also creating a second trilogy, so, some of these could be his. All of this is unclear at the moment.
Benioff and Weiss will remain as executive producers on any Game of Thrones prequel series for HBO. Yet their future is now firmly set both in a galaxy far, far away, and in a streaming service giant that is everywhere.
Featured image: LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 18: Writer/producers David Benioff (L) and D.B. Weiss accept Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series for ‘Game of Thrones’ episode ‘Battle of the Bastards’ onstage during the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)