TV fans without Netflix worried that you wouldn’t be able to see forthcoming drama series House of Cards starring Kevin Spacey with David Fincher in the director’s chair for the pilot have some good news today. Though Netflix will air the new series exclusively at first, Variety has word that Sony Pictures Television has finalized a deal with Media Rights Capital to distribute the seris after Netflix’s window on the series expires. It’s not clear how soon episodes will air after they premiere on Netflix, but at least those who are still stubbornly not subscribing to the service will have a chance to see House of Cards at some point. More after the jump.
As we described earlier this year, House of Cards is based on a British novel by Michael Dobbs that has already undergone the television adaptation treatment in Britain in the form of a miniseries. While Fincher’s first foray into television directing will move House of Cards out of its native Britain and into the United States, its pilot (penned by Beau Willimon of The Ides of March) will retain the political-thriller approach found in the original iteration. The original version focused on a former Conservative Party chief of staff who follows a hungry politician who wants to be the new Prime Minister. Fincher’s version moves the drama to the United States, but still focuses on on the issues of political ambition and blackmail. Considering how compelling and powerful The Ides of March turned out on the big screen, I have high hopes for a political drama with Fincher and Spacey involved.