Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B Weiss have signed a major deal with streaming giant Netflix that will see them write, produce and direct new movies and TV shows for the company.
Netflix made the announcement on Wednesday and The Hollywood Reporter has since reported that the deal is worth $200 million. Benioff and Weiss had been in high demand and Netflix had to beat off five other competitors - Disney, WarnerMedia, Comcast, Amazon and Apple - to sign them.
According to Deadline, Apple stood the best chance of landing the GoT showrunners but ultimately lost out to the entertainment magnate.
“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,” Benioff and Weiss told IGN in a statement.
“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.”
"We are thrilled to welcome master storytellers David Benioff and Dan Weiss to Netflix," Sarandos stated. "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."
It doesn't appear that the deal will keep the pair from operating elsewhere as they're to work on the next Star Wars trilogy while they're also working on a Universal film detailing the life of Kurt Cobain. They're also poised to adapt Stephen Hunter's Dirty White Boys for Fox & Disney.