House of Cards to Hit Netflix Feb 1

Exciting news for me starving Fincher fans. As we eagerly await whether the genius director will take on the sequel to Dragon Tattoo (I really hope he does) we have House of Cards to look forward to. Here is the new poster and news from the NY Times:

“David Fincher, the director of “The Social Network,” “Zodiac” and “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” and an executive producer for “House of Cards,” directed its first two episodes, which are written by Beau Willimon (“The Ides of March”). Directors of subsequent episodes include James Foley (“Glengarry Glen Ross”), Joel Schumacher (“Falling Down”), Carl Franklin (“Devil in a Blue Dress”), Alan Coulter and Charles McDougall. The series is produced by the independent studio Media Rights Capital.”

“’House of Cards,’ for which Netflix has already committed to a second season, is the centerpiece in its growing slate of original programming, which also includes a new season of “Arrested Development”; “Hemlock Grove,” a murder mystery series from Eli Roth; and “Orange is the New Black,” a comedy whose creators include Jenji Kohan (“Weeds”). Netflix did not immediately say what time of day on Feb. 1 it will release “House of Cards,” but keep your finger near the refresh button.”

I am finding myself watching more Netflix and Amazon streaming — Netflix is working on is original programming and this should go a long way to move that along. Network TV is like a wasteland of reality programming.

That’s the reason this story’s lead is what Netflix plans to do; this might indeed greatly alter the landscape of TV. Movies will also start heading directly to Netflix for individual purchase.

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  1. Kevin Klawitter
    October 4, 2012

    I’m wondering whether or not the online-exclusive release will effect the series’ Emmy eligibility. In theory, it’s really no different than pay cable like HBO and such, but the industry at large might not appreciate Netflix muscling in on their territory, maybe finding a way to exclude them from awards.

    At any rate, I’m pumped for the show. I love me some juicy political drama.

  2. Insider
    October 4, 2012

    Hope Fincher continues with Dragon Sequel.

  3. Adam Lewis
    October 4, 2012

    I take it this is based on the BBC HOUSE OF CARDS – a brilliant miniseries from the 1990s.

  4. October 4, 2012

    Yeah, I just watched the BBC version of HOUSE OF CARDS (all three seasons) and thought it was great, but I suspect I might like an American version even more, especially with Spacey in the lead (which is pretty great casting, if you know the original).

  5. rufussondheim
    October 4, 2012

    This looks promising, but I’m not sure the Netflix Streaming model is going to work for the long term. Right now there are so many different ways to get programming it’s hard to keep track of them all.

    I have my TiVo which captures pretty much everything possible as it airs (with 4 tuners and over 400 hours storage it’s very simple) and I also have Netflix streaming and the 3 DVD’s at a time.

    There’s also Hulu Plus which has some options I would like, And I could subsribe to HBO or Showtime as well.

    But at some point there’s just too much. I don’t have the time to watch everthing now. I don’t need more options at this time, I need fewer.

    I am hoping that at some point everything out there will be available on one service so I don’t have to pay twenty bucks here thirty bucks there for several different services.

    What I would love to see is a monthly subscription service that allows you to stream a fixed number of hours of TV per month. That way people who watch less won’t have to pay as much as people who watch a ton. I know it will never happen though.

  6. AlecFPrice
    October 4, 2012

    Fincher is too interesting a filmmaker to surrender what could be his most productive years to a franchise. DRAGON TATTOO served its purpose – a solid commercial piece that buys him the clout to hopefully develop his next FIGHT CLUB/ZODIAC/SOCIAL NETWORK. That’s the kind of territory where he really takes his game up a gear and becomes one of the most exciting contemporary directors. There’s really nowhere new for him to go with this material and the novels certainly don’t get better as they go along. But I’m looking forward to HOUSE OF CARDS.

  7. Mel
    October 4, 2012

    So excited for any new Fincher!

    I disagree with the above statement. David Fincher does what David Fincher wants and he makes whatever he does interesting no matter the source material. Who in the hell among us presumes they should be picking or judging what David Fincher decides to do? I mean, aside from the person above who seems to think he knows better than the genius. He’s clearly stated he is working with Zallian on the script and they are figuring out a way to make it their own.

  8. AlecFPrice
    October 5, 2012

    Whoa – steady there. Nobody is presuming to know better than Fincher, least of all me. But there is a clear distinction between his films – from the obvious passion projects like FIGHT CLUB or ZODIAC and the more generic studio assignments like PANIC ROOM or DRAGON TATTOO. That doesn’t mean selecting films against his will – these are very much his choices – but Fincher strikes me as a very smart operator who follows the Scorsese edict of doing “one for me, one for them”. Doesn’t mean he ever fails to put his own stamp on the material but there are definitely two tiers that his work falls into – and DRAGON TATTOO certainly isn’t among the upper group. It’s highly unlikely any subsequent adaptations would either. Same goes for the rumoured 20,000 LEAGUES remake. I would personally prefer to see him developing projects/scripts like THE SOCIAL NETWORK because I think there are many directors perfectly capable of being caretaker of the DRAGON TATTOO franchise but few who could translate the script for something like THE SOCIAL NETWORK in such dynamic fashion. I’m sure he’ll continue to play both sides of the divide though.

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