Netflix is thinking about a "House of Cards" spinoff — and it won't involve Frank Underwood
House of Cards is ending after six seasons, but there might be more from that ruthless, political world in store. According to Variety, Netflix and Media Rights Capital are working on a potential House of Cards spinoff.
And they’re currently mulling over multiple ideas.
One idea centers on Doug Stamper (Michael Kelly), the loyal aide to manipulative politician Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey). Eric Roth — who executive produced the first four seasons of the political drama — would pen this potential spinoff for the small screen.
And apparently, there are (at least) two other spinoff ideas being taken into consideration. Those have yet to have any writers attached, and all the ideas are in very early stages. But they would all be set in the same universe we’ve come to know on House of Cards.
Unsurprisingly, Spacey’s name is not mentioned in any of the ideas.
Actor Anthony Rapp just came forward with sexual assault allegations against Spacey. In a BuzzFeed News story, Rapp claims that Spacey made unwanted sexual advances toward him in 1986, when he was only 14 and Spacey was 26. Netflix and Media Rights Capital were quick to issue a statement, detailing that they are “deeply troubled” by the allegations.
The exact reasons for House of Cards’ cancellation are currently unclear. We don’t know if Season 6 was always the end, but announced now as a result of the allegations. Or if the show canceled because of the allegations. Or maybe there’s some other explanation entirely.
But what we do know is that, at this time, Frank Underwood/Kevin Spacey will not be part of the potential spinoff series.