According to The Hollywood Reporter, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the co-creators of the series, are looking for a new overall deal and have narrowed their choices down to three non-HBO entities: Netflix, Amazon Studios, and Disney. Amazon was the frontrunner until recently, per the report, until Netflix emerged more recently with a “competitive offer.”
Wherever the two showrunners end up, they are expected to launch a new production company that will produce both TV and movies.
The two men are set to write and produce a trilogy of new Star Wars movies, the first of which is scheduled to arrive in late 2022. They had been announced in 2017 by HBO as making a TV series called Confederate, about a modern world in which the South had won the Civil War, but that announcement drew widespread controversy and the show now appears dead, especially with the creators leaving HBO.
The network also has planned Game of Thrones spin-offs, although Weiss and Benioff were not scheduled to be in charge of those shows. The two men, however, will be credited as executive producers on the spin-offs.
Netflix, in recent years, has been throwing nine-figure deals at major TV producers such as Shonda Rhimes, Ryan Murphy, and Kenya Barris.
Some reports have interpreted Benioff and Weiss not returning to HBO as the network “firing” them after the less-than-well-received final season of Game of Thrones. But that’s likely not an accurate characterization, especially since the two men were responsible for one of the most profitable TV series of all time, and one that just earned a record number of Emmy nominations for its final season. The fact that multiple major studios are bidding for their services indicates that that final Game of Thrones season hasn’t hurt their standing in Hollywood.
Benioff and Weiss, earlier this month, announced at the last minute that they were backing out of a planned appearance on the Game of Thrones panel at San Diego Comic-Con. In May, the duo cut ties with their management team, per Variety, ahead of their planned negotiations with TV studios.
HBO’s brass also made clear, at Comic-Con, that despite that fan petition, they are not planning to remake the the final season of Game of Thrones.