The creators of the Game of Thrones series, the controversial David Benioff and D.B. Weiss signs a $ 200 million multi-year contract with Netflix, writes The Hollywood Reporter. It’s one of the biggest contracts in television history, similar to those signed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller for Sony Television or Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy with Amazon, Deadline reports.
The growing demand for content for television and streaming platforms means that contracts worth millions of euros are signed on the treadmill. Screenwriters like Shonda Rhimes, Ryan Murphy, Mike Schur, and Greg Berlanti recently signed consistent, nine-figure contracts to produce quality content for different companies, writes slashfilm.com. Now comes the turn of the creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will take advantage of this demand on the market, although the final season of Game of Thrones has sparked a wave of dissatisfaction from viewers who have initiated several petitions to redo the grand finale of the series, considered a narrative disaster.
The eighth season no longer had the narrative support of George R.R.’s books. Martin, so David Benioff and D.B. Weiss had to “embroider” the story from scratch. According to Deadline.com, over one million fans signed a petition on change.org, asking for a re-release of season 8. “Like much other Game of Thrones fans, I was dismayed by how it was written last season – it seemed rushed and unclear ”, is mentioned in a petition filed on thepetitionsite.com. In an interview with popbuzz.com, Kit Harington, the performer of Jon Snow, called the final season “disappointing.” On the other hand, Emilia Clarke (Daenerys) snorted during an interview with etonline.com, while ironically declaring: “It’s the best season of all!” Fans of ultra-popular HBO series Game of Thrones were disappointed after the events of the fifth episode of the final season, after “Dragon’s mother” Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) acts against the “character arc” meticulously built by books and previous seasons. Viewers were disappointed: “How did Daenerys go crazy in one episode?” The opposite of everything that was from the beginning. From the script to the sudden evolution of the characters the season is a disaster. Characters and fans deserve more … ”
Deadline writes that Netflix has defeated top competitors such as Disney, WarnerMedia, Amazon, as well as counter-candidates such as Apple and Comcast in the fight for hiring David Benioff and Dan Weiss, “master storytellers,” as Ted Sarandos, the head of the content part of Netflix. “They are a creative force and have delighted audiences everywhere with their epic stories. We can hardly wait to see what our overflowing imagination will bring to our audience. ”
The two writers also made a statement: “For more than a decade we have worked beautifully with HBO and we are grateful to everyone because they have always made us feel at home. In recent months I have spent many hours chatting with Cindy Holland and Peter Friedlander, as well as with Ted Sarandos and Scott Stuber. We remembered the same frames from the same films of the 1980s, we love the same books, we are excited about the same ideas for new films. Netflix has built something amazing and unprecedented and we are honored to have invited us to join. ”
Benioff and Weiss are known for their work on the HBO series Game of Thrones but also because they were hired to write and direct Star Wars films, set in a very distant galaxy, for Disney and LucasFilm. The announcement that Disney has officially appointed David Benioff and D.B. to lead the upcoming Star Wars trilogy. Weiss has attracted the outrage of Star Wars fans, who have called for them to be replaced.
On the other hand, Deadline notes that the two writers have proposed to Universal a project about Kurt Cobain (Nirvana) and that they will also adapt for Fox / Disney the story Dirty White Boys, about a spectacular escape.