According to The Hollywood Reporter, David Benioff, and DB Weiss, the creators of Game of Thrones have signed a multi-year film and TV series deal with Netflix worth around $200 million. Furthermore, Benioff and Weiss can’t produce shows for HBO, according to the deal. However, they were showrunners and writers of Game of Thrones, the most popular series. But mow, they will work on the projects exclusively for Netflix. Besides, the deal of David Benioff and DB Weiss with Disney for the Star Wars franchise, won’t be violated. That means they will take charge of three new Star Wars films for Disney.
David Benioff and DB Weiss sign Netflix deal worth $200
Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer said that they are happy to welcome master storytellers David Benioff and Dan Weiss to Netflix. And added they are a creative force and have delighted audiences worldwide with their epic storytelling besides Netflix team can’t wait to see what their imaginations will bring to their members.
In a joint statement, David Benioff and DB Weiss thanked HBO. But they didn’t mention the project Confederate. It could be the next project of David Benioff and DB Weiss, but Due to the Netflix deal, they canceled the Confederate project. Certainly, the Confederate is controversial. It is an alternative history show centered on a version of America in which the South won the Civil War and slavery persisted. People heavily criticized and disliked the idea. And that’s why the controversial stuff won’t continue.
The future of Confederate was uncertain in the two years. Besides, after the deal with Netflix, the Confederate and HBO is past for David Benioff and DB Weiss.
What do David Benioff and DB Weiss say
According to them, they had a beautiful run with HBO for more than a decade and they are grateful to everyone there for always making us feel at home. Over the past few months, they have spent many hours talking to Cindy Holland and Peter Friedlander, as well as Ted Sarandos and Scott Stuber, David Benioff and DB Weiss, said in a statement. Furthermore, they said, they remember the same shots from the same ‘80s movies, they love the same books and are excited about the same storytelling possibilities. Netflix has built something astounding and unprecedented.
Netflix beat out Amazon and Disney for this deal, with Amazon, the presumed frontrunner in bidding game. Amazon spent $150 million to sign a deal with West world creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy. But the company couldn’t secure a deal with Benioff and Weiss.
The other deals of Benioff and Weiss
On the other hand, Disney already has Benioff and Weiss signed to produce new series of Star Wars films under its Lucasfilm subsidiary, the first of which will release in 2022. But it was participating in the bidding in hopes it could get Benioff and Weiss to work on programming for its FX network or Disney’s upcoming Disney+ streaming service.
Game of Thrones finale was quite controversial for some viewers. David Benioff and DB Weiss got to command such a high sum for an exclusive deal because of the great success of Game of Thrones. The amazing work, indeed complicated too, have made these two makers most eligible for making Netflix’s films and TV series.
Netflix has been signing expensive deals with creators like American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy and Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes, both of these run hundreds of millions of dollars each. And Benioff and Weiss are no exception. Netflix is also currently facing a lack of planned subscriber growth, due to price increases to its subscription plans and certainly bad performance of original expensive shows and films over the past couple of months. Maybe, that’s why Netflix has been working hard to make the content quality better than ever.
Netflix is now trimming shows left and right, most recently Netflix removed the animated comedy series Tuca & Bertie and off-the-wall sci-fi drama The OA, to cut costs and control its spending. Above all, a deal signed with David Benioff and DB Weiss seems to be a solid investment.