Good news for fans of David Fincher, Kevin Spacey, Netflix, and a 75 million economic impact on the state of Maryland. (Seriously, you have to be a fan of at least one of those things, right?)
Starting this spring, the acclaimed director Fincher (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Social Network) will be filming a series for Netflix right here in the Baltimore region. (This isn't Fincher's first time filming in Baltimore, by the way: The Hopkins campus doubled as Harvard in The Social Network). Called House of Cards, the show, about political ambition and intrigue, is based on the BBC series of the same name. The first season is slated for 13 episodes.
Can I say that I'm . .geeked? First of all, I love me some Kevin Spacey and kind of wish he hadn't taken off so many years in his prime to go all high-brow and head up London's Old Vic Theater. (Although, uh, good on him, I suppose.) Second, even though I wasn't super keen on The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, I must say that Fincher is one of the most talented directors working today. It's a real coup.
The only thing that is curious is the Netflix angle. Apparently, in an attempt to compete with Showtime and HBO, they are getting into the original programming business. Hopefully—for Netflix and for Baltimore—they'll succeed.