AceShowbiz - It seems like Netflix isn't entirely ready to give up on "House of Cards" franchise. Following report of the streaming giant canceling the show after season 6 in light of sexual misconduct allegations against main actor %cKevin Spacey%, it is reported that multiple ideas for a potential spin-off are in early stages of development on the streaming platform and producer Media Rights Capital.
Variety reports that one idea is to have a spin-off revolving around Doug Stamper. Played by Emmy nominee %cMichael Kelly%, Stamper is the political aide-de-camp who appeared in the first five seasons of the drama. Eric Roth, who executive produced season 1 to 4 of the political drama, is set to provide the script.
In addition, the site suggests that there are two other spin-off ideas being considered. All the potential spin-offs will take place in the same universe as "House of Cards". However, they have yet to nab the writers for it.
Netflix and Media Rights Capital refuse to comment on the report.
Backlash against Spacey continues as The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, one of the groups behind the Emmys, has announced that they opt not to go through with a planned award for the actor. "The International Academy has announced today that in light of recent events it will not honor Kevin Spacey with the 2017 International Emmy Founders Award," the group, which announced in June that it would honor Spacey with the International Emmys Founders Award, said in a statement.
It comes after Netflix announced that the Emmy-nominated political drama would not go beyond season 6 after %cAnthony Rapp% accused Spacey of trying to make a sexual advance towards him when he was 14. "Anthony Rapp's story is deeply troubling. During he time I worked with Kevin Spacey on 'House of Cards' I neither witnessed nor was aware of any inappropriate behavior on set or off. That said, I take reports of such behavior seriously, and this is no exception. I feel for Mr. Rapp and I support his courage," show creator Beau Willimon said on Monday, October 30.
Rapp, now 46 years old, alleged that the 58-year-old Oscar-winning actor tried to seduce him. "I don't know if I would have used that language. But I was aware that he was trying to get with me sexually," the "Star Trek: Discovery" star said in an interview with BuzzFeed News.
In response to Rapp's story, Spacey took to his Twitter account to give his official statement. He claimed that he didn't remember the alleged incident and blamed alcohol for his inappropriate behavior. "I honestly do not remember the encounter, it would have been over 30 years ago," he said. "But if I did behave then as he describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behaviour."
The actor also came out of the closet. "As those closest to me know, in my life I have had relationships with both men and women," he added. "I have loved and had romantic relationships with men throughout my life, and I choose now to live as a gay man."