Thursday, June 13, 2024

Netflix Cuts Ties with Kevin Spacey: As I Reported First, Frank Underwood Will Be Killed Off


I told you on Tuesday, October 31st sources said Frank Underwood would be killed off of “House of Cards.” Kevin Spacey is not coming back. Netflix has cut all ties with him.

“House of Cards” will revamp its sixth season. Robin Wright’s Clare Underwood is now president of some United States in fiction. Frank, evil beyond belief, will be killed off and they can have a great murder mystery. If it works, “HOC” might even go beyond a sixth season.

This is easier to do than you might think. Perhaps because the people at “HOC” apparently didn’t like Spacey, Underwood ended season 5 out of the White House. Clare turned to the camera and said, “Now it’s my turn.” Frank’s story was basically over.

Netflix has also dropped Spacey’s Gore Vidal movie directed by Michael Hoffman. Will anyone every pick it up? Will we ever see it? Spacey is Public Enemy Number 1 right now but other people are in that movie.  Who knows?

Also in jeopardy are two other films: Ridley Scott’s Getty film, “All the Money in the World,” scheduled for release next month, and the big screen version of the “Billionaire Boys Club,” set for next year. Spacey starts in both films. They may be his last for a long while, too. So much money is involved, and lots of other people, I hope cooler heads prevail. Just release these things.

Once these projects are resolved, then what happens to Kevin Spacey? We are in new territory here.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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