House of Cards season 6 production has been stalled ever since the removal of Kevin Spacey from the set, and it’s going to continue.
In a new letter distributed today (via production company Media Rights Capital), senior vice president of television business and legal affairs Pauline Micelli outlines that there are going to be an additional two weeks of paid leave for the crew whose jobs have been put on hold following the Spacey news. You can see a part of this letter below via The Hollywood Reporter:
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.
House of Cards season 6 is going to premiere presumably in 2018, but that release date could change depending on what the show’s plans are. Spacey had filmed episodes of the season prior to being removed, and it’s possible that the show rewrites and films those episodes so that Frank Underwood is not a part of the series at all. That would make the most sense presumably to avoid any negative headlines and/or claims that Spacey’s presence is serving as some sort of distraction. While rewrites could be a challenge, it could be the best-case scenario for the show as a whole.
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