Thursday, October 22, 2009

New Series Planned for US Network Television based on the Michael Dobbs' Thriller The House of Cards

House of Cards Trilogy (Michael Dobbs, BBC)

The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that a television series based on the novel and UK miniseries The House of Cards is under development. The political thriller, written by Michael Dobbs and featuring politician Francis Urquhart who schemes and backstabs his way into the Prime Minister's office, was the first in a trilogy written from 1989 through 1995. The UK miniseries, based on the first book, aired in 1990 and won a BAFTA award for Ian Richardson (who played Urquhart) and an Emmy for Andrew Davies, who wrote the adapted screenplay.

The new series will be set in the US but, as in the original, maintain a focus on issues of political ambition and blackmail.

The series is still being shopped to US networks.

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