Sony Pictures TV have snapped up the rights to "House Of Cards" and will air the show on a still to be determined network, once Netflix's window on the show runs out. An adaptation of a popular British book and TV series from the 1990s, the original series followed Francis Urquhart, a Conservative MP as he plotted, blackmailed and murdered his way to becoming Prime Minister. Two sequels, "To Play The King" and "The Final Cut," followed, which detailed Urquhart's rivalry with a new British King, and the unravelling of his career respectively. The show will be transposed to the U.S. with "Ides Of March" writer Beau Willimon leading the team developing and showrunning the effort. David Fincher will helm the pilot episode.
It's certainly very promising, but also likely a bit of a way off. Fincher still has wrap up his duties on "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" and we imagine the earliest "House Of Cards" can shoot is in the spring of 2012. So perhaps some kind of fall premiere is possible, but we wouldn't be suprised if this slips into 2013 either. But certainly it's a project we're eagerly keeping an eye out, and for those of us without Netflix, at least we know there will be another opportunity to catch up with the show. [Variety]