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Benioff and Weiss have set up their third show for the streaming giant under their sprawling five-year, $250 million overall deal: an adaption of Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Overstory.
Here’s how Netflix describes the drama, which is currently in the development stage: “a sweeping, impassioned work of activism and resistance that is also a stunning evocation of the natural world. It tells the story of a world alongside ours that is vast, interconnected, resourceful, magnificently inventive and almost invisible to us. A handful of disparate people learn how to see that world and are drawn into its unfolding catastrophe.”
Richard Robbins (Good Girls Revolt, 12 Monkeys) penned the script and will exec produce alongside Benioff and Weiss. Hugh Jackman, a notable fan of the novel, will exec produce alongside Bernie Caulfield (Game of Thrones). Author Powers is on board as a co-EP.
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings is a notable fan of The Overstory, telling The New York Times last year the 2019 novel is “a wonderful example of how great storytelling can help build understanding and empathy. Original and profound.”
The Overstory is Benioff and Weiss’ third show for the streamer. It joins The Three-Body Problem from Alexander Woo (The Terror) and half-hour dramedy The Chair, starring Sandra Oh and from showrunner Amanda Peet (Benioff’s wife). Three-Body Problem has already been the subject of controversy, though Netflix swiftly responded to criticisms.
During their HBO tenure, Benioff and Weiss focused exclusively on Game of Thrones. When Netflix signed the duo amid fierce competition from other streamers and studios, many industry insiders questioned if the $250 million deal was a good investment given their penchant for focusing on one show at a time. With three shows already in the works, those fears — and the fact that they’re no longer involved in Star Wars — seem to have been quelled.
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