In the wake of serious allegations made against producer and star Kevin Spacey, the future of Netflix's House of Cards continues to take twists and turns. Following the announcement that production on the sixth season had shut down, Netflix and production company MRC issued separate statements confirming that Kevin Spacey will no longer be involved in the series.
"Netflix will not be involved with any further production of House of Cards that includes Kevin Spacey. We will continue to work with MRC during this hiatus time to evaluate our path forward as it relates to the show.We have also decided we will not be moving forward with the release of the film Gore, which was in post-production, starring and produced by Kevin Spacey."
Media Right Capital added;
"While we continue the ongoing investigation into the serious allegations concerning Kevin Spacey's behaviour on the set of HOUSE OF CARDS, he has been suspended, effective immediately. MRC, in partnership with Netflix, will continue to evaluate a creative path forward for the program during the hiatus."
Earlier reports suggest that Spacey's character (Frank Underwood) could meet his demise off camera and the final season would centre on Claire Underwood as played by Robin Wright. Those same reports also indicated that Netflix isexploring options for a spin-off, one proposed idea would revolve around Michael Kelly's Doug Stamper, but at this stage, it's too soon to speculate which direction Netflix will take.
Netflix also decided to shelve the Gore Vidal biopic that starred Kevin Spacey, the film directed by Michael Hoffman was due to be released on the streaming service early next year. According to Deadline, House of Cards could resume production after Christmas but was keen to point out that nothing is set in stone and the hiatus could be permanent.