With over two months since the finale of Game of Thrones, attention is shifting to the next projects from showrunners David Benioff and D.B.Weiss. This week, fresh news emerged about the filmmakers’ future, with the pair signing a major deal to produce 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 is ambiguous, Deadline’s sources indicate that it is around $300 million for a five-year contract, comparable to Netflix’s exclusive deals with Ryan Murphy and Shonda Rhimes.
In an official statement, Benioff and 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.” They also added that, after “many hours” of conversation with Netflix executives, they had found a certain kindred with the company. “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’ already-packed docket, which includes the duo’s upcoming Star Wars sequel trilogy, a Kurt Cobain film project, and an adaptation of the prison break story Dirty White Boys. Following these films, they will work exclusively with Netflix, presumably to develop another prestigious television show.
While we’re not sure what kind of show Benioff and Weiss will make next, we’re excited to see what comes next from them--and we’ll keep our ears to the ground for any more news.
This article also appears on Mental Floss.