Hugh Jackman and creator Richard Powers are additionally hooked up to the drama based mostly on the guide of the identical identify.
Recreation of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are placing to relaxation any questions business insiders had about how prolific they’d be at Netflix.
Benioff and Weiss have arrange their third present for the streaming big below their sprawling five-year, $250 million total deal: an adaption of Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Overstory.
Here is how Netflix describes the drama, which is at present within the improvement stage: “a sweeping, impassioned work of activism and resistance that can be a surprising evocation of the pure world. It tells the story of a world alongside ours that’s huge, interconnected, resourceful, magnificently ingenious and virtually invisible to us. A handful of disparate folks learn to see that world and are drawn into its unfolding disaster.”
Richard Robbins (Good Ladies Revolt, 12 Monkeys) penned the script and can exec produce alongside Benioff and Weiss. Hugh Jackman, a notable fan of the novel, will exec produce alongside Bernie Caulfield (Recreation of Thrones). Creator Powers is on board as a co-EP.
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings is a notable fan of The Overstory, telling The New York Occasions final 12 months the 2019 novel is “a beautiful instance of how nice storytelling may also help construct understanding and empathy. Unique and profound.”
The Overstory is Benioff and Weiss’ third present 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 spouse). Three-Physique Drawback has already been the topic of controversy, although Netflix swiftly responded to criticisms.
Throughout their HBO tenure, Benioff and Weiss targeted solely on Recreation of Thrones. When Netflix signed the duo amid fierce competitors from different streamers and studios, many business insiders questioned if the $250 million deal was a good investment given their penchant for specializing in one present at a time. With three exhibits already within the works, these fears — and the truth that they’re now not concerned in Star Wars — appear to have been quelled.