House of Cards may be ending with its sixth and final season next year, but Netflix is looking to turn the popular political drama into a full-fledged franchise, with a spinoff series reportedly in early stages of development.
Variety reports that several concepts set in the same universe as Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) are being discussed between Netflix and producer Media Rights Capital. One is said to focus on political aide-de-camp Doug Stamper (Michael Kelly), with the show’s season 1-4 executive producer Eric Roth set to write. The outlet also reports that at least two other spinoff concepts are being tossed around, but no writers are attached yet.
The report comes in the wake of troubling allegations made against Spacey from Star Trek Discovery actor Anthony Rapp, who alleges that Spacey, then 26, made unwanted sexual advances towards him when he was only 17. Spacey, now 58, claims not to remember the incident, but issued an apology in which he also came out as a gay man, prompting much criticism and outrage. Yesterday, Netflix officially announced that House of Cards will end after season 6, a decision TVLine reports was made months ago. Netflix and series producer Media Rights capital released a joint statement yesterday saying they are “deeply troubled” by the allegations against Spacey.