After the sexual misconduct allegations against Kevin Spacey made waves, Netflix was quick in its decision making regarding House of Cards and its star. First, the series was halted in the middle of production of its sixth season and then it was announced film would be suspended indefinitely until a decision about the show’s future could be made. This was then followed by Netflix announcing they were ending their working relationship with Spacey and that he would no longer be a part of the show. This news concerned fans of the series because it left its future in limbo but the streaming service has confirmed the show will be back for a sixth season.
Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said the show will enter production next year, with actor Robin Wright in the lead. This was widely believed by many that this would be the direction the show would head once Spacey was let go but now we have official confirmation.
The eight-episode season will “bring closure of the show for fans,” and return to work 2,000 people in Baltimore whose livelihoods depend on the show, Sarandos said at UBS’s Global Media and Communications Conference in New York. This decision shows that a series or movie is bigger than one person and that many people are responsible for bringing them to life. Those who worked hard on a project should not be punished because of the wrong doings of one individual. A similar situation occurred on another Spacey project, All The Money In World, directed by Ridley Scott. After the allegations, it was decided that Spacey would be removed from the already finished film and replaced by Christopher Plummer. This required reshoots and it looks like Scott got the deed done because Plummer can now be seen on posters and in new TV spots for the film.