Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos gave a keynote speech at Film Independent’s annual confab over the weekend, suggesting that we might just see a third season of the Emmy-winning House of Cards.
Things hadn’t been looking very promising for the continuation of the series past the second season after comments recently made by one of the producers. Earlier this month, reports came out that Rick Cleveland, co-executive producer on the first two chapters of the series, said at the Vancouver International Film Festival that the first two seasons would probably be the only ones ever produced, noting that stars Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright like to do movies.
Showrunner Beau Williamson had indicated in the past, however, that he would like to continue on with the series, though the original Netflix deal was only for two seasons.
Deadline quotes Sarandos as saying:
“Our intent is that the show keep going for sure. It was a 26-episode commitment. It was not our intent that it just run for two seasons.”
“Talks are in progress right now, so stay tuned.”
Obviously things could still go either way, but it is somewhat encouraging that Kevin Spacey recently gave an amazing speech about the Netflix model and how it’s changing the game. During that, he didn’t strike me as someone who was ready to walk away from the show.
I doubt money will be too big of an issue for Netflix, given that they’re planning on doubling their investment in original content. Keeping their biggest Emmy winner (so far) on the slate is probably a pretty big priority.
House of Cards: Season 2 is due out in 2014.
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