After putting House of Cards on an indefinite hiatus, Netflix has announced their plans to move forward with the sixth season of the series without Kevin Spacey, deciding to refocus the show on Robin Wright’s character and offer fans a proper ending. House of Cards has been one of Netflix’s most successful shows, and the recent accusations against Kevin Spacey put Netflix and the show’s creators in a difficult position. They already cancelled their original movie Gore, where Spacey stars as writer Gore Vidal, and the show was already in the middle of production when the news broke.
The same issue struck Ridley Scott’s All the Money in the World, which had Spacey starring as J. Paul Getty, a billionaire who refuses to pay a ransom after his sixteen year old grandson is kidnapped. Instead of scrapping the film, Scott decided to reshoot all of Spacey’s scenes with Christopher Plummer in the role, all while only pushing its original release date of December 22nd to Christmas Day; in time to qualify for Academy Award consideration. Spacey is arguably the most famous actor to be outed as a sexual harasser during this recent string of accusations, and his involvement in a number of current projects has forced directors and producers to come up with some pretty unprecedented solutions.
According to Netflix’s Chief Content Officer, Ted Sarandos:
“I can actually give you some news in the room today, because we have been in arrangement to produce a sixth season of ‘House of Cards.” It’ll be an eight episode season that’ll start production early ’18, and it will not involve Kevin Spacey,” said Sarandos at the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference in New York. “It will star Robin Wright. And we’re really excited about bringing some closure to the show for fans.”
The eight-episode sixth season of House of Cards is set to debut sometime in 2018.
Source: The Wrap