David Fincher Brings House of Cards to Television

house-of-cardsI suppose that Americans have come to expect entertainment specifically tailored to their very fine tastes. For once I’d like to see how audiences would react when, instead of an American version, the British versions of shows like The Office or Life on Mars were given a run.  Unfortunately, those are not David Fincher’s plans: The Hollywood Reporter reports that he is preparing to adapt House of Cards for American audiences. In this case it makes sense; House of Cards is heavily steeped in British political lore:

Based on the book and British miniseries of the same name, “Cards” will be adapted for U.S. audiences as a one-hour drama, with “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” director Fincher executive producing with the film’s writer, Eric Roth.

The political-thriller novel written by Michael Dobbs, former Conservative Party chief of staff, is set at the end of Margaret Thatcher’s tenure as prime minister and follows a British politician with his eye on the top job.

In 1990, it was adapted by the BBC as a miniseries written by Andrew Davies and starring Ian Richardson. It went on to win a BAFTA award for Richardson and an Emmy for Davies.
MRC and Fincher’s adaptation will be set in the U.S. but maintain focus on issues of political ambition and blackmail.

There hasn’t been a good political show since The West Wing went off the air, and so perhaps, for this brief hour, it can fill the void. In fact, most of the great political dramas seem to be coming out of England these days, from The Queen to Frost/Nixon. I suppose that American politics are already too drama-filled. Speaking of heavy drama, Slash Films notes that House of Cards takes several of its cues from Richard III. You can make comparisons below.