Game of Thrones‘ dynamic duo, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, have signed a nine-figure overall deal with Netflix that includes an agreement to develop a variety of movies and TV shows for the streaming giant in a writing, directing, or producing capacity.
Benioff and Weiss will exclusively create material for Netflix with intentions to focus on a “water cooler series” of sorts— similar in the same vein as Game of Thrones, which initially had low viewership until word of mouth spread. However, the creatives are set to work on the upcoming 2022 slated Star Wars films for Disney before any moves will be made with the streamer.
“We are thrilled to welcome master storytellers David Benioff and Dan Weiss to Netflix,” CCO Ted Sarandos announced in an official statement. “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.”
The news comes on the heels of recent backlash the pair has endured due to their involvement in GoT‘s reportedly lackluster final season, which received heavy criticism from fans and media outlets alike. Despite poor reception, the series’ swan song has earned a record breaking 32 Emmy nominations and has been an all time viewership high for HBO’s network and streaming services at a total of 19.3 million overall.
Clearly pleased, HBO also has future plans in place to work with Benioff and Weiss once more on the alt-history drama Confederate, which ignited quite the bit of controversy itself due to its premise. Set to take place during post-Civil War, according to the log line, the series will follow “the southern states after they have successfully seceded from the Union, giving rise to a nation in which slavery remains legal and has evolved into a modern institution.”
Critics have notably brought attention to the irony of the pair helming such a series, when they themselves are white and have been criticized before for their lack of casting diversity in the Game of Thrones‘ universe. Since the severe backlash, HBO has apologized for their purportedly misguided announcement and has put the series on the back burner.
“Dan and David are finishing up the final season [of Game of Thrones] and then they are going to go into the Star Wars universe,” Bloys commented. “When they come out of that, I assume they will come back to us.” An interesting statement to make considering neither Benioff and Weiss will be returning for the previously announced GoT prequels and have not made any further statements on their future involvement in the Confederate.