Netflix' House of Cards original series targeted for early 2013

Michelle Clancy | 05-10-2012

Netflix has announced the launch date for the long-awaited and much-touted original series House of Cards, starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright. Members will gain access to not just the premiere of the show, but the entire season, beginning 1 February 2013.

The 13 first-season episodes of the drama series will be available to Netflix members in all territories where Netflix is available - the UK, Ireland, North America, Latin America and in the Nordic countries.

Directed by David Fincher (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Social Network), the show is based on the BBC miniseries of the same name, documenting the greed, sex, love and corruption in modern Washington D.C. as it follows Francis Underwood (Spacey), the House Majority Whip. Underwood is the politician's politician masterful, beguiling, charismatic and ruthless. He and his equally ambitious wife Claire (Wright) will stop at nothing to ensure their ascendancy.

"House of Cards combines the best of filmmaking with the best of television. Beau Willimon's compelling narrative, David Fincher's unparalleled craftsmanship, indelible performances by Kevin Spacey and the rest of the cast unite to create a gripping story and a new kind of viewing experience for Netflix members to immerse themselves in," said Ted Sarandos, chief content officer, Netflix. "In offering the entire season at once, Netflix is giving viewers complete control over how and when they watch the show."

Fincher directed the first two episodes of the series, which were written by Willimon. James Foley, Joel Schumacher, Charles McDougall, Carl Franklin and Alan Coulter also serve as directors on House of Cards.
The drama's second season is due to begin production in spring 2013.