David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, who created HBO’s Game of Thrones and were its showrunners for all eight seasons, are setting up their base at Netflix thanks to a global deal that will have them writing, producing and directing various projects. The deal includes series and movies.
As reported by Deadline, Benioff and Weiss scored a deal that’s “in the 9-figure range,” which is up there with the big deals Netflix made to attract series creators Shonda Rimes (Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy) and Ryan Murphy (Glee, American Horror Story). They were sought after by a number of studios, with Netflix, Amazon and Disney reportedly the final three battling it out.
“We are thrilled to welcome master storytellers David Benioff and Dan Weiss to Netflix,” Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said in a statement. “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.”
In their statement, David Benioff & Dan Weiss said: “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 duo have come from Game of Thrones with a full pipeline. Apart from this Netflix deal that will have them developing various projects, they’re attached to write and produce a Star Wars trilogy, have written a screenplay for Kurt Cobain film at Universal, and a script for a Fox/Disney prison break movie titled Dirty White Boys.