"House of Cards" has extended its production hiatus, following the ongoing investigation into accusations of badual misconduct against series star Kevin Spacey.
The drama of Netflix, which is currently in production in its sixth and final season, has been on hold since it first became known about the alleged misconduct of Spacey. The producers are exploring ways to write Spacey's character outside the program, as well as a possible spin-off of "House of Cards." The actor was suspended from production on November 3.
In a letter sent to the cast and crew by Media Rights Capital, the producers informed them that the break was extended two more weeks, until December 8, and that the crew will continue charging during the break.
"These last two months have tried and tested all of us in ways that none of us could have foreseen," the letter said. "The only thing we have learned throughout this process is that this production is bigger than just one person and we could not be more proud of being badociated with one of the most loyal and talented production teams and production teams in this business. "
Here is the full text of the letter:
Dear cast and crew:
As we get into the festivities, we want to express our appreciation for all the significant messages of support we have received from you and we want to update all our loyal cast and crew on our progress and where things are currently.
We continue to work with Netflix with the hope of resuming production soon. As we continue these discussions, we have determined together that the crew will be paid for an additional two-week parenthesis, beginning on on November 27 and continuing through December 8.
In addition to the writers, there will be a small contingency of clerical / accounting staff who will remain in the production office on an ongoing basis. Our hope is that the entire crew can meet again when production resumes, but we want you to know that we will certainly understand if the crew members need to find another job in the meantime, which will prevent them from joining us again. We sincerely appreciate everything you have done.
Cast members and other members of the union who do not actively work will receive their payments in accordance with applicable union guidelines during this period and we will contact their representatives directly to discuss the details; We will get to all of you as quickly as possible and appreciate all your patience here.
These past two months have been tried and tested in ways that none of us could have foreseen. The only thing that we have learned throughout this process is that this production is bigger than a single person and we could not be more proud of being badociated with one of the most loyal and talented members and production teams in this business.
We will provide an additional update for 12/8/17 .