“House of Cards” showrunners Melissa James Gibson and Frank Pugliese are facing a huge dilemma now that Netflix and Media Rights Capital (MRC) have fired lead star Kevin Spacey from the show.
Spacey, who plays the ambitious politician Frank Underwood, was booted from the series after several individuals have come forward and accused him of sexual assault.
According to CNN, the future of the show remains “up in the air,” and the showrunners are “racing against the clock” to rewrite Season 6 without its biggest star. They are forced to scrap their eight-month plan in light of his scandals.
But all hope is not lost, because the showrunners can shift the attention to Frank’s wife, Claire (Robin Wright). Variety even reported that MRC is currently working on multiple ideas for a potential “House of Cards” spinoff.
They are currently in the early stages of development, and so far, ideas have started forming around Doug Stamper (Michael Kelly), the political aide-de-camp of Frank Underwood (Spacey). Eric Roth, who served as an executive producer for the first four seasons of “House of Cards,” is set to write the script.
Spacey’s woes began after he was accused by actor Anthony Rapp, 46, of sexual misconduct dating back to 1986. Rapp, who was 14 then while Spacey was 26, claimed that Spacey harassed him at a party when he was carried “up like a groom picks up the bride over the threshold.”
“But I don’t, like, squirm away initially, because I’m like, ‘What’s going on?’ And then he lays down on top of me,” Rapp told Buzz Feed.
In response, Spacey said he was “beyond horrified” by the story since he could not even remember the encounter. He apologized to Rapp and later confessed that he was gay. “I have loved and had romantic relationships with men throughout my life, and I choose now to live as a gay man,” he said.
Despite his apology, Spacey’s troubles were magnified after several crew members of “House of Cards” accused him of predatory behavior. Several other men also came forward with their own Spacey-related sexual assault stories.