David Fincher and Eric Roth to Remake British Miniseries HOUSE OF CARDS for as a Weekly One-Hour Drama

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Director David Fincher is getting into the television game and making his debut with an adaptation of the BBC political-thriller miniseries, “House of Cards”.  Based on Michael Dobbs’ book of the same name, “Cards” will be re-adapted for U.S. audiences as a weekly one-hour drama. Fincher with executive producer along side his “Curious Case of Benjamin Button” screenwriter Eric Roth.  Hit the jump for more details on how Fincher and Roth plan to transform the series because U.S. audiences don’t know what a Prime Minister does.

Set at the end of Margaret Thatcher’s tenture as the British Prime Minister, the original version focused on a former Conservative Party chief of staff who follows a hungry politician who wants to be the new PM.  Actor Ian Richardson won a BAFTA for his performance and writer Andrew Davies won an Emmy.

According to THR, Fincher’s version moves the story to the U.S. but retains the focus on the issues of political ambition and blackmail.  So I guess where as a series like “The West Wing” showed what politics could be at its best, “House of Cards” shows politics at its worst (e.g. what it actually is).  It is a bit strange that during the Bush years of our government at its weakest and most deceptive we got “West Wing” and now we’re getting “House of Cards” with Hopey McChange in office.  Oddly enough, “West Wing” creator Aaron Sorkin wrote David Fincher’s upcoming film, “The Social Network”.

The project is expected to be shopped to networks soon and I would be surprised if Fincher didn’t direct the pilot himself as that seems to be a common pattern when a film director decides to produce a television show.

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  • Steve Young

    Matt, interesting article and subject. Being an ex-pat Brit, and one who loved the original BBC series, I’m really curious what the US adaptation will turn out like. If anyone can make a success of it, Fincher & Roth can.

    P.S. Please stay way from the biased political comments, and stick to what you do best. Thanks.

  • Steve Young

    Matt, interesting article and subject. Being an ex-pat Brit, and one who loved the original BBC series, I’m really curious what the US adaptation will turn out like. If anyone can make a success of it, Fincher & Roth can.

    P.S. Please stay way from the biased political comments, and stick to what you do best. Thanks.

  • Tim Merritt

    I too really liked the original series. As for biased political comments, I thought Matt had some of that rare balance we’ve heard so much about from other quarters. “Weakest and most deceptive” vs. “Hopey McChange” comes close enough for a knowing nod and a chuckle from me. I look forward to the Fincher-Roth version… casting will be crucial.

  • Tim Merritt

    I too really liked the original series. As for biased political comments, I thought Matt had some of that rare balance we’ve heard so much about from other quarters. “Weakest and most deceptive” vs. “Hopey McChange” comes close enough for a knowing nod and a chuckle from me. I look forward to the Fincher-Roth version… casting will be crucial.

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