Netflix Wins Bidding War for Benioff and Weiss
Until today there has been a massive bidding war over the Game of Thrones writing duo Benioff and Weiss. They were in competition between Amazon, Netflix and Disney. Netflix has pulled out ahead winning a multi-year agreement to write, produce and direct new TV series that will be Netflix Originals.
“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.”Ted Sarandos Netflix Chief Content Officer
The reason Netflix won out appears to be the commonality between the people that work their and the writing pair. They say in a joint statement that they love the same movies and that they are excited to be able to take some of those routes in possible upcoming shows.
“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.”Benioff and Weiss
Benioff and Wiess are still working on a Star Wars film for Disney which will premiere in theaters possibly December of 2022. They are also still currently working on Amazon’s Lord of the Rings series as consultants.
Still up in the air is which studio J.J. Abrams will choose. The race for his exclusivity is now between WarnerMedia and Apple.