Netflix announced in early November that Kevin Spacey, protagonist and executive producer of “House of Cards”, would no longer be involved in the series after allegations of sexual misconduct. It was later confirmed that the show’s upcoming season would be its last.
Fans of the political drama were waiting to know what would happen. Will the cunning Frank Underwood get killed off? Will he be replaced by a different actor? Will the show focus entirely on his wife, Claire?
We may have an answer soon. Showrunners Melissa James Gibson and Frank Pugliese have been racing against the clock to rework the show’s conclusion. Media Rights Capital, the show’s production company, sent out a letter to the cast and crew to express their appreciation and announce an extended hiatus.
Our hope is that the entire crew will be able to reconvene when production resumes, but we want you to know that we will certainly understand if crew members need to find other work in the interim, which will prevent them from re-joining us. We sincerely appreciate all you have done.
The crew will be paid for an additional two-week hiatus from November 27 through December 8. The letter, signed by the coompany’s SVP of television business and legal affairs Pauline Micelli, expressed appreciation for the crew’s patience.
These last two months have tested and tried all of us in ways none of us could have foreseen. The one thing we have learned throughout this process is that this production is bigger than just one person and we could not be more proud to be associated with one of the most loyal and talented production cast and crews in this business.
The letter, which you can read over at Deadline, also promised an update by the end of the hiatus.