Regardless of your feelings toward the final season of Game of Thrones, it would be wrong to deny David Benioff and D.B. Weiss the credit they’re due. They adapted a multi-book epic into a genre-elevating television series that broke records, thrilled millions, and pushed the boundaries of “possible.” Now, nearly three months after the final episode aired, Benioff and Weiss have both signed an agreement with Netflix after the streaming service won a heated bidding war for the two powerhouse creators.
Variety reports that prior to Netflix’s triumph, Disney and Amazon, along with the other major studios, had been fighting for streaming content from Benioff and Weiss. Apple lost early and the others fell away, narrowing the bidding war down to Netflix, Disney, and Amazon. Against stacked odds and stiff competition, Netflix won out.
Despite being among the losers, Disney can’t really complain. The moviemaking behemoth has already tapped the Game of Thrones showrunners to direct multiple Star Wars films (the first scheduled for a 2022 release) so I don’t want to hear any bitching from them. I can see him now…Bob Iger leaping into a sea of coins and quacking madly like Scrooge McDuck while Kevin Feige and J.J. Abrams rake his sprawling lawn of cash.
As for Amazon…I’m thinkin’ Jeff Bezos and his minions will be just fine, too.
That same Variety article quoted Netflix’s chief content officer, Ted Sarandos, as saying:
They are a creative force and have delighted audiences worldwide with their epic storytelling. We can’t wait to see what their imaginations bring to our members.
A beautifully by-the-numbers statement from Sarandos. Thanks, Ted.
On the creative side of the agreement, things appeared just as peachy. Benioff and Weiss were thrilled.
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.
What do you think? Is this good news or bad news for Netflix? Do you even care at this point? Sound off in the comments below!