It looks like former Game of Thrones executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are destined for great things now that the HBO series has concluded. The showrunners have just signed a massive $200 million overall deal with Netflix.
The report comes from The Hollywood Reporter, confirming that Benioff and Weiss have signed the multiyear deal with the streaming giant where they would create and develop film and TV projects. After accepting the deal with Netflix, the showrunners will officially be leaving HBO.
Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos confirmed the news 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," he said.
Benioff and Weiss also addressed their Netflix deal in a joint statement:
"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."
Interestingly, Netflix was not the only big name interested in the Game of Thrones showrunners. Disney and Amazon also joined in the bidding war for the duo. Although Amazon was set as the frontrunner, Netflix stepped in with a bigger offer that Benioff and Weiss ultimately accepted.
Benioff and Weiss were previously reported to be working on a Star Wars trilogy for Disney.