It was announced today that the sixth and final season for Netflix’s House of Cards is looking to resume production after Dec. 8. The announcement comes in the wake of the sexual misconduct investigation facing Kevin Spacey.
In a letter to the HoC team obtained by Deadline, Media Rights Capital SVP of television business and legal affairs, Pauline Micelli expressed appreciation for their patience, indicating that the crew will be paid for an additional two-week hiatus from Nov. 27 through Dec. 8, leading us to believe that production will start after. Even so, nothing has been set in stone.
“These last two months have tested and tried all of us in ways none of us could have foreseen,” said Micelli in the letter. “The one thing we have learned throughout this process is that this production is bigger than just one person and we could not be more proud to be associated with one of the most loyal and talented production cast and crews in this business.”
The announcement comes after the lingering uncertainty of the show. In a statement earlier this month, MRC said that Spacey was suspended. Netflix also stated that they will “not be involved with any further production of House of Cards that includes Kevin Spacey.”
The Spacey scandal started when Star Trek: Discovery actor Anthony Rapp accused him of sexual misconduct more than 30 years ago. He has since been accused by filmmaker and actor Tony Montana as well as Mexican actor Roberto Cavazos. UK police are currently investigating new allegations that Spacey sexually assaulted a man in London in 2005.
Read the letter in its entirety below.
Dear Cast and Crew,
As we move into the holidays, we want to express our appreciation for all of the meaningful messages of support we have received from you and want to update all of our loyal cast and crew on our progress and where things currently stand.
We continue to work with Netflix with the hope of resuming production soon. As we continue these discussions, we have determined together that the crew will be paid for an additional two week hiatus – beginning on November 27th and continuing through December 8th.
In addition to the writers, there will be a small contingency of office/accounting staff who will remain in the production office on a continuous basis. Our hope is that the entire crew will be able to reconvene when production resumes, but we want you to know that we will certainly understand if crew members need to find other work in the interim, which will prevent them from re-joining us. We sincerely appreciate all you have done.
Cast and other union members who are not actively working will be paid in accordance with applicable union guidelines through this period and we will be reaching out directly to your representatives to work through the details; we will get to everyone as quickly as possible and appreciate all of your patience here.
These last two months have tested and tried all of us in ways none of us could have foreseen. The one thing we have learned throughout this process is that this production is bigger than just one person and we could not be more proud to be associated with one of the most loyal and talented production cast and crews in this business.
We will provide an additional update by 12/8/17.
Thank you all.