Kevin Spacey has signed on to take the lead role in the David Fincher-directed pilot of “House of Cards” for Media Rights Capital reports Deadline.
The one-hour drama is based on Michael Dobbs’ original novel and the famed Emmy-winning 1990 UK mini-series starring Ian Richardson.
Fusing black political comedy with elements from Macbeth and Richard III, the original was set at the end of Margaret Thatcher’s tenure as prime minister and follows scheming British politician Francis Urquhart who has his eye on the top job and manipulates agendas to get his way.
MRC and Fincher’s adaptation will change the setting to the U.S. but maintain focus on issues of political ambition and blackmail. Beau Willimon (“The Ides of March”) adapted the script and the pilot is currently being shopped to the networks.