Netflix has renewed House of Cards for a fifth season, but creator, executive producer and showrunner Beau Willimon is departing the show.
“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,” a joint statement said. “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.”
No replacement has yet been announced.
Willimon, who adapted the series from the BBC 1990 House of Cards, previously told TV Tonight his version has changed in style and content.
“Tonally (the original was) much more tongue in cheek. It’s satire more than drama and more condensed with all 3 parts combined constituting 12 hours. Our entire first season alone had 13,” he said.
“So when I saw it and talked to (David) Fincher about it, it wasn’t so much about doing an adaptation or translation, as a total reinvention -picking and choosing elements we liked. But really using it more as a springboard to tell the story.”
“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,” Willimon said in a statement. “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.”