Netflix signs Game Of Thrones showrunners on massive new deal

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David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have jumped ships from HBO to Netflix, with the Game Of Thrones showrunners signing an overall deal with the iconic streaming service to work on new projects…

Deadline reports that six different studios were courting the duo, before they agreed on a nine-figure deal with Netflix. After they completed the tricky task of finishing Game Of Thrones without all the necessary source material books from George R.R. Martin, it’s easy to see why Benioff and Weiss were considered hot property in the industry. And despite the vocal dislikers of Thrones‘ final season, it was still a huge ratings smash for HBO.

According to Deadline, this agreement between Netflix and the duo is an “overall global deal to write, produce and direct new series and films.”

Ted Sarandos, chief content officer at Netflix, shared this 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.”

Benioff and Weiss released this joint comment: “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.”

Outside of the Netflix deal, Benioff and Weiss are believed to still be working on a Star Wars trilogy for Lucasfilm, a prison break film called Dirty White Boys for Fox/Disney, and a Kurt Cobain movie for Universal. We’ll keep you updated as we hear more about their future TV plans…