Netflix Going After Original TV Series

Hopes to be the first to air new David Fincher/Kevin Spacey show
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 16, 2011 8:07 AM CDT
In this Nov. 24, 2010 file photo, a Netflix customer holds her movies she rented, at her home in Palo Alto, Calif.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, file)

(Newser) – Is Netflix the next HBO? The company’s in talks to be the first to distribute a new original series directed by David Fincher and starring Kevin Spacey, sources tell the Wall Street Journal. Netflix is reportedly prepared to pay more than $100 million for 26 episodes of the series, a political drama called House of Cards based on a British miniseries. It would stream on Netflix before showing up on any other outlet, but afterward, the company financing it could make other deals for TV broadcasts or DVD releases.

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