There’s good news for House of Cards fans with a fifth season definitely happening, Netflix has confirmed.
However creator Beau Willimon, who was crucial to all aspects of the first four seasons, will leave the show as he feels its time to “move on” to other projects.
“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,” he said.
“After five years and four seasons, it’s time for me to move on to new endeavours, 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.”
Playwright and Oscar-nominated screenwriter Willimon – who is also an executive producer on House of Cards – has steered the show into becoming an international hit. He has also written more than 20 of the episodes to date.
Thanks everyone for all the kind words. There's no show without the fans & you're the best fans imaginable. Excited for you all to see S4!
— Beau Willimon (@BeauWillimon) January 29, 2016
“Netflix and 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,” the streaming service said in a statement.
“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.”
Netflix is yet to announce a replacement for Willimon, but the show has a large team of executive producers, including director David Fincher, who could potentially step into the role.
House of Cards season 4 premieres on 4 March, 2016.