Show will return to Netflix for a Spacey-less final season next year
Reports suggest that House Of Cards filmed two new episodes starring Kevin Spacey that will no longer see the light of day following sexual misconduct allegations levelled at the star.
Spacey has faced multiple accusations of sexual misconduct, assault and harassment, including allegations made by crew on the Netflix show. Following the claims, Spacey denied the claims but issued a statement, saying that he was “taking the time necessary to seek evaluation and treatment”.
Netflix recently announced that House Of Cards will resume production without the involvement of Spacey in 2018, with the show set to return for an eight-episode final season led by Spacey’s co-star Robin Wright.
Now, Variety reports that “producers plan on scrapping most, if not all, of the footage shot during the roughly two weeks of season-six production that had taken place in October”.
Sources told Variety that “the two episodes filmed will now be tossed, as will most of the five or six scripts that had been written with Spacey’s Frank Underwood character still part of the show.”
House Of Cards’ upcoming sixth season is set to be its last, after Netflix cancelled the show in the wake of the allegations against Spacey.
“We are excited to bring closure to fans,” Netflix’s Ted Sarandos recently said.
Meanwhile, it has been reported that there could be several House Of Cards spin-offs following the show’s final season.
The show’s Doug Stamper character is reportedly at the centre of one such potential spinoff. Stamper is a political aide-de-camp to Spacey’s President Frank Underwood, played by Michael Kelly. Eric Roth – chief writer for House Of Cards’ first four seasons – has been attached to the project.
Two more spin-off ideas are reportedly being workshopped, though no names have been attached to them as of yet. Netflix and Media Rights Capital are yet to comment on the reports.