House of Cards Halted; Theater Solicits Spacey Tips

Kevin Spacey scandal continues to have repercussions
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 31, 2017 10:35 AM CDT
Updated Oct 31, 2017 3:26 PM CDT
Netflix Considering 3 House of Cards Spinoffs
Michael Kelly appears in a scene from "House of Cards."   (AP Photo/Netflix, Nathaniel Bell)

Fallout from the Kevin Spacey scandal continues. Netflix announced Tuesday that production of the sixth and final season has been at least temporarily suspended, reports USA Today. It's not clear when, or if, shooting will resume, with a Netflix rep saying that production is on hold "until further notice, to give us time to review the current situation and to address any concerns of our cast and crew." The move comes after actor Anthony Rapp accused Spacey of trying to have a sexual encounter with him in 1986, when Rapp was just 14. Other developments, including murmurs of non-Spacey spinoffs:

  • Spinoffs: Netflix is said to be considering one of at least three ideas for House of Cards spinoffs following Monday's announcement that the show's sixth season will be its last. Variety reports one would center on Frank Underwood's right-hand man Doug Stamper, played by Michael Kelly, with former House of Cards executive producer Eric Roth acting as writer. Deadline has confirmed the report.
  • 2001 decision: Before Rapp gave his account to BuzzFeed, he gave it to the Advocate back in 2001. The publication ran it, but without identifying Spacey. Bruce Steele, a former editor, explains in the Citizen-Times that it was because the Advocate had a strict no-outing policy. "I will long ponder what we didn't do in 2001," he writes, calling the current atmosphere set off by the Harvey Weinstein scandal a time of "moral reckoning" for the media.
  • Seeking complaints: Spacey served as artistic director for 11 years at London's Old Vic theater, which says in a statement it is "dismayed" about the allegations, per CNN. What's more, it is asking anyone connected to Old Vic who might have a complaint to contact the theater through a confidential email it provides.

  • Upcoming movie: Spacey has a big movie coming out for Sony's TriStar in December, and the Hollywood Reporter says the studio is now facing a tough marketing problem over All the Money in the World. It's a safe bet Spacey won't be walking any red carpets, though the film also can bank on co-stars Mark Wahlberg and Michelle Williams.
  • Award revoked: The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is revoking an award that was supposed to go to Spacey next month, reports the AP. Spacey was set to receive the 2017 International Emmy Founders Award, given to "an individual who crosses cultural boundaries to touch humanity."
  • Hollywood shun: Martha Ross of the San Jose Mercury News writes that it appears Hollywood is acting quickly to give Spacey the Harvey Weinstein treatment. "But with all Spacey’s accolades and influence in the entertainment industry, it looks like he has so much farther to fall now that scandal has hit. And the fall seems to be happening—and very quickly."
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