Director David Fincher Discusses Netflix's First Original Series HOUSE OF CARDS

The Netflix original series House of Cards, an uncompromising exploration of power, ambition and the American way, stars Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright and Kate Mara.


This wicked political drama penetrates the shadowy world of greed, sex, and corruption in modern D.C. Ruthless and cunning, Congressman Francis Underwood (Oscar winner Kevin Spacey) and his wife Claire (Robin Wright) stop at nothing to conquer everything.

Acclaimed feature director David Fincher (Seven, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Social Network) serves as executive producer for the series and also directed the first two episodes. The 11 other episodes for the series' first season were split amongst James Foley (At Close Range, Glengarry Glen Ross), Joel Schumacher (Phone Booth, A Time to Kill), Charles McDougall (Desperate Housewives, The Office), Carl Franklin (One False Move, Devil in a Blue Dress) and Allen Coulter (The Sopranos, Boardwalk Empire).

DGA Quarterly recently spoke with Fincher about how he was able to implement a unique creative process on set that was "liberating for directors":

"Netflix has been incredibly respectful. They've actively looked for ways to put themselves in business with people [with whom] they could say, 'Go make the thing we just talked about.' It's how the movie business was described to me in the early 70s at Warner Bros. If you could come in and tell your story, and a reasonable number [to make] it, you'd go do it.

"I'm way too much of a director advocate.This isn't TV, because we don't have the studio, we don't have standards and practices, we don't have people breathing down your neck saying, 'Remember, kids love bright colors!' We don't have people militating against collective disinterest. I wanted to create an environment where you go in, point at the left field wall and swing as hard as you can."

Fincher explained how his directors were each handed two sequential episodes with 20 days to shoot them, but even thought the shooting schedule had stringent parameters he had faith in the production's cohesiveness:

"I felt like we were telling 13 stories that are all part of one big story, and I was handing off movements to people whose work I admire."

House of Cards, written by Beau Willimon and starring Kevin Spacy, Robin Wright, Kate Mara, Constance Zimmer, Michael Kelly, Jaclyn Jones, Corey Stoll and Sakina Jaffrey, will debut on Netflix on February 1st.