House of Cards to resume production - without Kevin Spacey

Pauline Gross
December 6, 2017

The streaming service claimed it had nothing to do with the news surrounding Spacey, but the timing proved to be even more convenient when, days later, the actor was hit with multiple more assault and harassment allegations, this time leading the streaming network to fire him entirely.

The final season of "House of Cards" will kick back into production in early 2018 without Kevin Spacey...

Variety reported last month that "House of Cards" producers were contemplating killing off Spacey's character - the devious political animal Frank Underwood - to focus on Wright's Claire Underwood as a way to salvage season 6.

Sarandos says production will not continue until next year, probably to get scripts finalised.

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The season will be eight episodes - significantly shorter than previous seasons, which featured 13 episodes each - and will not include Kevin Spacey, who led the show to critical acclaim but was sacked after a series of sexual assault allegations this fall. In the second half of his post, Spacey wrote, "I have loved and had romantic encounters with men throughout my life, and I choose now to live as a gay man". "We will continue to work with [producer Media Rights Capital] during this hiatus time to evaluate our path forward as it relates to the show". The final season was originally supposed to run 13 episodes.

Netflix has given the green light for eight episodes of the popular TV series to be filmed in order to "bring closure" for fans. It debuted in 2013 to much acclaim and immediately put Netflix on the prestige TV map.

It will not feature its star, Kevin Spacey, who was sacked by the company following sexual harassment and assault allegations in October. Christopher Plummer will take over Spacey's role as J. Paul Getty in the feature, due in theaters December 22.

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