House Of Cards May Resume Production In December Without Kevin Spacey

It looks as if viewers haven’t seen the last of House of Cards yet. While Netflix cut ties with star Kevin Spacey in the wake of sexual assault allegations, production on the show’s final season was suspended.

While initially there was no time frame put on the hiatus, a new letter to the House of Cards cast and crew from production company Media Rights Capital says there should be an update on production resuming by December 8. In the letter, which was obtained by Deadline, MRC writes, “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.”

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The letter offers no clue at how the show will change without Spacey at the helm or how his absence will be explained. However, the writers are hard at work trying to figure it out. “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,” the letter continues. “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.”

The scandal started when Star Trek: Discovery star Anthony Rapp accused Spacey of sexual misconduct about an incident in 1986. Since then, more have come forward to accuse Spacey of misconduct. Following Rapp’s claims, it was announced that Spacey was being replaced in the upcoming movie All the Money in the World, while Netflix also canceled the planned release of his movie Gore.

You can read the full letter from MRC 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.

Pauline Micelli

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