Game of Thrones Showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss Sign Major Deal With Netflix
It has been more than two months since the series finale of Game of Thrones aired, and attention is finally shifting to the next projects from co-showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. Earlier this week, news broke that the pair has signed a major deal to produce new TV series and films with Netflix.
According to Deadline, Benioff and Weiss joined with Netflix after a lengthy courting period. Though the exact value of the deal wasn't revealed, Deadline’s sources indicate that it could be worth as much as $300 million for a five-year contract, comparable to Netflix’s exclusive deals with Ryan Murphy and Shonda Rhimes.
"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," Benioff and Weiss said in an official statement—adding that after “many hours” of conversation with Netflix executives, they had found some kindred spirits in the company's executives.
“We remember the same shots from the same ‘80s movies; we love the same books; we’re excited about the same storytelling possibilities,” they said. “Netflix has built something astounding and unprecedented, and we’re honored they invited us to join them.”
This new deal adds to Benioff and Weiss’s already-packed docket, which includes the duo’s upcoming Star Wars trilogy, a Kurt Cobain film project, and an adaptation of the prison break story, Dirty White Boys. Following these projects, they will work exclusively with Netflix.