As the investigation continues into on-set sexual misconduct allegations made against Kevin Spacey, House of Cards producer Media Rights Capital is looking to move forward with production on the sixth and final season.
In a letter obtained by TVLine (which can be read below), an MRC executive indicates to the cast and crew that talks with Netflix remain ongoing, with an eye on resuming production sometime after Dec. 8.
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.
Last month, Netflix halted production of House of Cards‘ sixth season and severed its relationship with Spacey after several people accused the Oscar winner of sexual misconduct. Actor Anthony Rapp (Star Trek: Discovery) sparked the discussion by coming forward with details of how, at age 14, he was the target of inappropriate sexual advances by Spacey, while several past and present House of Cards crew members told CNN that the series’ star created a “toxic” work environment through alleged acts of sexual harassment and assault.
It’s not clear how Spacey’s Frank Underwood will be written out of House of Cards, but all signs point to the character suffering an off-screen death. The first two episodes of Season 6 had already been filmed before production was forced to shut down.