More than a month before House of Cards Season 4 premieres, Netflix has announced that its popular series will definitely continue for a fifth year. Unfortunately, the show's creator and showrunner, Beau Willimon, will not be along for the ride.
A statement announcing Season 5 reads:
“Netflix and [production company] MRC owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to Beau Willimon for his strong narrative vision for House of Cards over the show’s first four seasons. As an Academy Award nominated writer, he made his first foray into television and built a riveting and critically acclaimed series, establishing his place in TV history. The producers, cast and crew join us in wishing Beau the best in his next creative adventure.”
Deadline writes that Willimon has not yet been replaced. The Ides of March screenwriter got his start in the late 2000s with plays like Farragut North (the basis of Ides) and Spirit Control. Here's what he had to say about the House of Cards departure:
“I’m grateful to Netflix and MRC, my fellow executive producers, our two incandescent stars Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright, our talented writers, as well as the incredible cast and crew with whom I’ve had the privilege to work. After five years and four seasons, it’s time for me to move on to new endeavors, but I’m supremely proud of what we’ve built together, wish the show much continued success, and leave it in the hands of a very capable team.”
Spacey is an executive producer on the show, as is The Social Network and Fight Club director David Fincher. Season 4 premieres March 4.