Netflix continues to make the competition look silly, this time by scoring its first original programming agreement for two seasons of “House of Cards,” a new show produced by David Fincher and Kevin Spacey, who also stars.
Yeah, that could be pretty good.
Details haven’t been disclosed, but Deadline reports that the video-rental juggernaut paid over $100M for the privilege of acquiring 26 original eps. The series focuses on British politicians clamoring for power at the end of Margaret Thatcher‘s tenure. Huh. I just bored myself to actual tears by simply typing that sentence. Well, the subject matter doesn’t sound terribly engaging, but one mustn’t doubt David Fincher. Spacey, maybe (K-Pax, Pay It Forward), but never Fincher. Besides, I’ve always felt that Kevin Spacey was a dry little British man trapped in a dry little American man’s body, so let’s see where this goes.
The move comes at a critical time for Netflix, which has performed its finishing move on Blockbuster, but is looking at growing online competition from Amazon and Hulu, while facing DVD competition from Redbox. This move is the first of its kind, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s a winner. But with these names attached, it’s hard to bet against it.