Netflix signs Game of Thrones' showrunners in $200M deal

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by Andy Bassett Aug 8, 2019 at 11:21 AM

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    Netflix signs Game of Thrones' showrunners in $200M deal
    Shrugging off the internet’s grumble about their Game of Thrones finale, Westeros’s stewards, David Benioff and D.B Weiss add to their Star Wars gig with a reported $200M deal with Netflix.
    First reported by Deadline, the Game of Thrones TV series writers, producers and occasional directors were being pursued by numerous studios following the end of their hugely successful tenure showrunning George R.R. Martin’s masterwork.

    Emerging as the victors, Netflix's deal, rumoured to be in the $200M region, will include both TV series and film options and does not impact the pair’s commitment to a brand new Star Wars trilogy, which had already been signed off with Disney.

    The situation with Disney is interesting since the studio was also pitching for Benioff and Weiss to join them for their own streaming aspirations with Disney+. Other unsuccessful bidders were reported to be WarnerMedia, Comcast, Amazon, and Apple.

    Fellow GoT writer-coproducer Bryan Cogman is currently at Amazon, one of the failed bidders, acting as a consultant on their Lord of the Rings series.

    The move sees Benioff and Weiss move away from HBO after a decade of overseeing the Game of Thrones adaptation. Such was the early impact of the show in terms of word of mouth and the adult take on the content that it grew into a behemoth that few could have predicted, creating a show with a huge cinematic scale, making household names of its myriad actors and garnering record breaking numbers of Emmy nominations.

    Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer, said 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.

    Netflix’s deal is the latest in a string of high profile and high value signings it has made recently with showrunners from successful series like American Horror Story and Grey’s Anatomy. This spending spree is no doubt designed to secure the talent and expertise the streaming giant feels is required to offset the upcoming loss of Friends to HBO Max and The Office to NBCUniversal and also to produce content compelling enough to remain at the forefront of the streaming pack.

    With current projects Benioff and Weiss already had in the pipeline (including a Kurt Cobain story), plus the first of the new Star Wars pics due to hit cinemas in 2022 and now Netflix expecting GoT style success, the days of X-Men Origins: Wolverine must be a distant memory now.

    Do you think Benioff and Weiss will be able to replicate their GoT success at Netflix? Some contended that once Martin’s novels were no longer available to adapt the pair struggled to maintain the high quality of the narrative. What do you think?

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