The hit political drama House of Cards was a runaway success for Netflix and one of the shows it built its streaming domination on the back of, but after its lead star Kevin Spacey was accused of sexual assault on a minor, it halted production, and it was later announced that the show would end in 2018.
Many thought that this meant that it would not return for another season but showrunners now have the hope to get another season out without Spacey being involved.
On 29th Oct, Star Trek: Discovery actor Anthony Rapp claims that Oscar and Emmy winning actor Kevin Spacey made a drunken approach to him when he was just 14-years-old, something that understandably caused shock and outrage amongst many. Spacey took to Twitter to apologize for the incident, claiming he could not remember, as it was some 30 years ago, and then going on to use his statement as a platform to publicly come out as a gay man. This caused further anger as people felt he was conflating his sexuality and being closeted with sexual abuse.
Pauline Micelli, senior vice president at the show's studio, Media Rights Capital, recently wrote to staff to say its hiatus was being extended.
"We continue to work with Netflix with the hope of resuming production soon."
Crew on the show will be paid until 8 December "as we continue these discussions," her letter went on.
Netflix previously announced it "will not be involved with any further production of House of Cards that includes Kevin Spacey".
It is still yet to be seen if this will happen as Netflix has to negotiate with Spacey to get him out of his contract on the show but if it were to return it is not certain on which character the events of the show would then center around.
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