'Game of Thrones' showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have signed a 'nine-figure' deal with Netflix

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David Benioff and D. B. Weiss (Credit: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the showrunners who adapted Game of Thrones for HBO, have signed a major deal with Netflix.

Deadline reports that while the cost of the deal hasn't been divulged by the streaming studio, it's thought that it's in the region of 'nine figures'.

Earlier this year, it was revealed that the pair were being courted by six major studios to signs a deal, following the completion of Game of Thrones' final series, the others being HBO, Disney, Comcast, Amazon and Apple.

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Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos said: “We are thrilled to welcome master storytellers David Benioff and Dan Weiss to Netflix. They are a creative force and have delighted audiences worldwide with their epic storytelling. We can’t wait to see what their imaginations will bring to our members.”

Weiss and Benioff added: “We’ve had a beautiful run with HBO for more than a decade and we’re grateful to everyone there for always making us feel at home. 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.”

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The writers spent a decade bringing George R.R. Martin's fantasy novels to the screen, consulting with Martin when the show overtook the books to pilot their way to an ending.

However, it wasn't without controversy.

Latter seasons of the show, once the source material had run out, lost their critical teflon sheen, with the final season coming in for particular abuse from both critics and fans.

A petition online to have the last seasons re-written and remade by 'competent writers' was signed by 1.7 million people.

Nonetheless, Weiss and Benioff are fending off job offers, and are also set to create, write and produce a forthcoming Star Wars trilogy for Lucasfilm and Disney.