Report: Netflix, Amazon and Disney in bidding war for Game of Thrones writers
D&D are still very much in demand...
Despite a notably negative reaction to the final season of Game of Thrones - and a rather silly petition - it appears that its showrunners have come out unscathed.
And then some.
David Benioff and D.B. Weiss came under significant criticism as the final episodes of GoT aired, with aggrieved fans, think-pieces and many a YouTube essay pointing towards a notable decline in the quality of writing as the key issue.
Benioff and Weiss already had a major follow-up lined up before Thrones finished as they continue to develop several untitled Star Wars films for Disney, the first of which is set for release in 2022.
Disney, however, are just one of three major names currently in the pair's sights as they look to find a home for their longterm services as part of an overall global deal.
Variety reports that Benioff and Weiss have "narrowed the field" to Disney, Netflix and Amazon, with projects in film, TV and other platforms mooted for whoever lands their joint signature.
The report states that Apple was in contention at one point, but has since moved on.
Previously, Benioff and Weiss caused controversy upon revealing their plans for a new show named Confederate, an alternative history drama that would depict a world in which the American Civil War ended in a stalemate.
"The story follows a broad swath of characters on both sides of the Mason-Dixon Demilitarised Zone – freedom fighters, slave hunters, politicians, abolitionists, journalists, the executives of a slave-holding conglomerate and the families of people in their thrall," noted a plot synopsis issued by Entertainment Weekly in July of 2017.
Confederate was given the green light by HBO but appeared to have been cancelled following criticism from those who regarded the project as slavery fan fiction.
One year on, HBO programming chief Casey Bloys indicated that the show was still in development but as of May of 2019, he conceded that Confederate is "no longer on the front burner."
Speaking to Variety at an event earlier in the week, Bloys praised his network's former charges as they look to find a new home.
“I think wherever they end up, they’ll be lucky to have them,” he said.
“They’re some of the best showrunners I’ve ever worked with, and in this talent marketplace, I think everybody should go and get whatever they can.
"Who knows how long this market will last, so everybody’s gotta go out and get paid.”