Benioff and Weiss – aka D&D aka David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have inked a five year deal with Netflix for $300 million bucks, ending a courtship from a number of studios including HBO/WarnerMedia, Disney, Comcast, Amazon and Apple.
Said Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos: “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.”
Said David Benioff & Dan Weiss: “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.”
They have several obligations they intend to fulfill. They are creating, writing and producing one of the next Star Wars trilogies (Rian Johnson is doing his own, with others in the works), they wrote for Universal a Kurt Cobain project, and are posed to adapt the prison break tale Dirty White Boys for Fox/Disney.
As stated, they have the not inconsequential matter of making a series of Star Wars films for Lucasfilm, which means this highly in-demand duo will be making the most of every spare minute between now and 2026.
- HBO (12/03/2019)