Game Of Thrones Creators Tackle Exciting New Historical Series For Netflix After Sci-Fi Success!

David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the celebrated duo, are slated to tackle a historical drama series next. “Death by Lightning” is a promising story with a noteworthy cast, and the project is making headway on Netflix.

In 2019, Netflix made a significant move by signing David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the showrunner duo best known for their work on the acclaimed series Game of Thrones. According to American media, the streaming giant reportedly paid a whopping $200 million for the deal.

A President Assassinated

The duo has since been working on The Three-Body Problem, set to premiere on March 21, while simultaneously overseeing another project. This series, titled Death by Lightning, is based on the novel, “Destiny of the Republic” by Candice Millard, and chronicles the life of James Garfield, the 20th President of the United States, who was murdered by his greatest admirer, Charles Guiteau.

At present, the project is under development, helmed by showrunner Mike Makowsky. David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are serving as executive producers. The casting of supporting actors is currently underway, but the leads have been confirmed: Matthew Macfadyen (Succession) will portray Guiteau, and Michael Shannon (Man of Steel) will play President Garfield.

News from The Hollywood Reporter tells us that two more actors have been cast in the series: Betty Gilpin (GLOW) will step into the role of First Lady Crete Garfield, and Nick Offerman (The Last of Us) will play Chester Arthur, the Vice President who took over after the President’s death.

The Three-Body Problem Test

Before the political thriller hits the screens, viewers are invited to binge-watch their next project, The Three-Body Problem, in March. The series is based on the science fiction novel by Chinese author Liu Cixin.

David Benioff and D.B. Weiss face significant expectations with this adaptation. The project is as expensive as it is challenging: the universe is unique, there are no big stars, and the plot is not the easiest to comprehend.

This series represents a test, both for Netflix and the two showrunners, who faced backlash from fans after the final season of Game of Thrones. It remains to be seen whether this deal with the streaming platform will allow them to bounce back.

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