Filming on season six of the acclaimed Netflix series “House of Cards” has been suspended amid allegations of sexual misconduct by the show’s star Kevin Spacey. The move comes one day after Netflix announced that it is canceling the series at the end of season six, as we reported previously.
In a joint statement, Netflix and Media Rights Capital said: “MRC and Netflix have decided to suspend production on ‘House of Cards’ season six, until further notice, to give us time to review the current situation and to address any concerns of our cast and crew.”
Meanwhile, Variety is reporting that Netflix is moving ahead with plans for at least one spinoff from “House of Cards.”
“Variety has learned that the streaming service and producer Media Rights Capital are in very early stages of development on multiple ideas for a potential spinoff,” Variety reports. “One concept revolves around Doug Stamper, the political aide-de-camp played by actor Michael Kelly in the first five seasons of the political drama, with Eric Roth set to write. Roth served as an executive producer on the first four seasons of ‘House of Cards’ and is currently exec producing TNT’s ‘The Alienist.’”
Variety adds: “At least two other spinoff ideas are also being explored, though writers have not yet been attached to all of them. All the potential series take place in the same universe as ‘House of Cards,’ a political thriller about Frank Underwood, a devious congressman played by Kevin Spacey who ascends to the role of President of the United States through political and criminal machinations.”
The AP notes that Netflix has a Gore Vidal biopic in production that stars Spacey. Netflix has not commented on its plans for the project since the allegations surfaced about Spacey.
Commenting on the situation at “House of Cards,” the AP adds: “How Spacey’s castmates are reacting to him and the allegations remains to be seen. Robin Wright, who stars opposite Spacey as his wife, hasn’t commented publicly, but her Twitter feed includes a number of posts backing social issues including female rights and education.”