House of Cards series four leads new Netflix original slate

DetailsJoseph O'Halloran | 03 April 2015

With characteristic vigour, Netflix is responding to the challenge of serious competition from new US over-the-top (OTT) players by beefing up its original content proposition.

Netflix origcontnetLeading the new slate is the latest series of Golden Globe award-winning drama House of Cards. The first Netflix original drama to really take hold with large audiences, the Kevin Spacey-led political drama is currently in its third iteration and reports from the US are suggesting that the fourth take will begin production in summer 2015 for release the next year.

Complementing the subcription video-on-demand (SVOD) leader's flagship series will be Montauk, a new drama series written and directed by Matt Duffer and Ross Duffer. Eight one-hour long episodes of the Netflix production, set in the Long Island area in 1980, will premiere exclusively across all Netflix territories in 2016. The Duffer Brothers, who recently directed their first feature film Hidden for Warner Bros, are writing and directing the series, and will serve as executive producers along with Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen via their 21 Laps entertainment banner.

"Matt and Ross are emerging filmmakers with an unmistakable passion for genre and suspense. Their unique voice infuses this coming of age drama with supernatural thrills that will captivate our global audience," said Cindy Holland, vice president of original content for Netflix.

Rounding off the new slate, Netflix has also ordered the sketch comedy show, With Bob and David, four half-hour episodes and one 60-minute 'making-of' special from Better Call Saul's Bob Odenkirk and Arrested Development's David Cross. The special features four half-hours of brand new comedy with Odenkirk and Cross writing and starring in the series, and also serving as executive producers along with Marc Provissiero, Naomi Odenkirk,Tim Sarkes, Dave Kneebone Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim