Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are putting to rest any questions industry insiders had about how prolific they'd be at Netflix.
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."
For a long time, I was an apologist for Benioff and Weiss and their fucking-up of GoT. I felt(and still feel) that they are better adaptors than creators, as evident by what happened when they ran out of book material. And Regardless of how good the books are, it was still a pretty tall task to adapt them as successfully as they did. Seasons 1-4 are seriously fucking awesome television.
I was willing to forgive the last few seasons because they were off book, on a deadline, and had outrageous expectations. As time went on, my opinion on this soured. Looking back on the decisions they made, they simply made horrible decisions independent of any expectations. Decisions so bad that Game of Thrones went from being the front page of every cultural conversation to disappearing from everyones minds entirely. It's honestly one of the strangest phenomenon I've ever seen.
The one good thing about this news is that it is obviously an adaptation and not an original series. The bad thing is that I have no clue what that synopsis is supposed to mean. The synopsis for the book doesn't help either.
The novel is about five trees whose unique life experiences with nine Americans bring them together to address the destruction of forests.
It won a Pulitzer and many other awards, but I just don't grasp how this makes for good series. Environmentalism is important, but I don't see how this particular instance makes for good television. Having Hugh Jackman is a good start, but where can this go?