Amid Kevin Spacey fallout, 'House of Cards' to end with upcoming season

Tuesday, 31 Oct, 2017

News that Spacey and director David Fincher were updating the project, an adaptation of a British series and Michael Dobbs novel of the same name, as a beltway drama for the US sparked multiple bids from stateside programmers (including HBO) before finally going to Netflix with a straight-to-series order for two seasons at a price tag then estimated to be around $100 million.

"House of Cards" will conclude after its sixth season, which is now in production, a source close to production tells CNN. There is no evidence that the scandal is tied to House of Cards' cancellation, but it's hard to ignore the timing.

In the joint statement, the executives say they travelled to the set to ensure that the cast and crew feel "safe and supported".

In a statement issued late Sunday via Twitter, Spacey said he couldn't remember the incident but added that if it happened the way described, he owes Rapp an apology "for what would have been deeply inappropriate behavior".

In response to the report, Spacey apologized for his "deeply inappropriate drunken behavior" and said he was "beyond horrified" in a posting to his Twitter account.

To re-use the overworked phrase, Spacey's sexuality has been an open secret in Hollywood for years; in fact, an Esquire cover article cheekily titled "Kevin Spacey Has a Secret" appeared on newsstands not long after his first Oscar win.

In what has been a career-defining and critically praised role, Spacey plays the manipulative and murderous now ex-President Francis Underwood in the Netflix series. The Emmy winning-drama starring Spacey and Robin Wright as an Oval Office power couple kick-started Netflix's success in producing original shows. "But I was aware that he was trying to get with me sexually".

The allegations made against movie executive Harvey Weinstein, detailed in stories by The New York Times and The New Yorker, are seen as a turning point.

Actress Asia Argento, who says she was harassed by Weinstein, has unveiled a list of 82 women who have accused the disgraced producer of misconduct including rape, abuse and harassment. The film is also scheduled to premiere at the AFI Fest on November 16, 2017. It seems the future of that film is probably in question as well but I don't know how far along it is. Charlie Plummer, Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg also star.