David Benioff and D.B. Weiss brought television's biggest hit (and biggest disappointment) this decade to life for HBO. The showrunners are using that Game of Thrones clout to search for greener pastures, according to a report from The Hollywood Reporter.
THR writes that the pair are "inching closer to a new overall deal elsewhere as they continue to take meetings across town and narrow the field for their new home." Sources said shat Benioff and Weiss have had meetings for "a sizable overall deal with Amazon Studios, Netflix and, more recently, Disney/FX."
Their anonymous sources say Netflix has slipped into the lead in the Benioff/Weiss sweepstakes, edging out Amazon who had previously been the favorite. Disney is allegedly offering a bit of variety to the Game of Thrones creators, coming up with a deal that includes both television and movies across their all-encompassing corporation.
No matter where they end up, the two will be incredibly busy. They already signed on to create a trilogy of Star Wars movies, with the first one set to come out in 2022. Originally, their post-Thrones project was set to be a series for HBO called Confederate, that examined life in an alternate United States where the Union lost the Civil War. Extreme animosity towards that project led to it being tossed aside, and HBO opted not to compete for Weiss and Benioff's next show.
HBO's head of programming, Casey Bloys, told THR that he understands why they are looking around.
"They're meeting everywhere, which I totally get," Bloys said. "It's a great time to be a creator. People are throwing open doors and throwing money around. So if you're a creator with a proven track record, it's a great time. I think they're doing the right thing and seeing what's out there. We obviously have a strong relationship with them; Warner Bros. has worked with them both individually in the past. We'll see where they end up. Obviously, we think they're great. They're going through the process they should go through."