Media Rights Capital(The Ricky Gervais Show/Shaq Vs.) has teamed with David Fincher(Fight Club/...Benjamin Button) to adapt the book and British miniseries, House of Cards, into a one-hour drama series for U.S audiences.
The political-thriller novel was written by Michael Dobbs, former Conservative Party chief of staff, and in 1990 it was adapted by the BBC as a miniseries written by Andrew Davies(Bridget Jones' Diary) and starring Ian Richardson. The series would earn a BAFTA award for Richardson and an Emmy for Davies.
BBC's House of Cards was set at the end of Margaret Thatcher's tenure as prime minister and followed a British politician with his eye on the top job.
Writer Eric Roth will adapt the series to be set in the U.S., but maintain focus on issues of political ambition and blackmail.
Fincher and Roth will be executive produced the show, along with by Davies, Dobbs and producer Josh Donen(Spider-Man 4).
MRC CEO Modi Wiczyk said:
David Fincher, whose body of work speaks for itself, is sure to put an unforgettable stamp on the celebrated British series.
The project is expected to be shopped to networks soon. MRC has a good relationship with HBO, and this seems right up their alley. I haven't seen the original BBC series, as I was avidly watching cartoons during 1990. And the premise of this just doesn't excite me at all. A political thriller translates into snoozefest for me. If it had a historical element like the HBO's intensely gripping(and multi award winning) John Adams, I might be more intrigued/on board.
What do you think of MRC and David Fincher bringing House of Cards to U.S. audiences?