When the smoke settled on "The Battle of the Six Studios" cleared, there could be only one – only one to sign Emmy Award-winning Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss to an exclusive global deal to write, produce and direct new series and films. That winner? Netflix, with sources reporting to Deadline Hollywood exclusively that the deal is in the nine-figure range (similar to streamer mates Shonda Rhimes and Ryan Murphy). The website further reports that Benioff & Weiss were also courted by HBO/WarnerMedia, Disney, Comcast, Amazon, and Apple – before narrowing the field down to Netflix, Amazon and Disney. While no figures were confirmed, Netflix did confirm the deal to Deadline Hollywood.
"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."
– David Benioff & Dan Weiss
Of course, that doesn't mean Benioff and Weiss are done with some other irons they have in the fires, starting with a biggie: creating, writing and producing one of the next Star Wars trilogies; the script for Kurt Corbain project they penned for Universal; and are looking to adapt the prison break story Dirty White Boys for Fox/Disney.
"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."
– Ted Sarandos, CCO, Netflix