Los Angeles – Netflix (NASD: NFLX) is in talks to acquire its first
original series for distribution, reportedly outbidding HBO and AMC for the
rights to Media Rights Capital’s series "House of Cards," directed by
David Fincher and starring Kevin Spacey, according to Deadline.com. Netflix is
said to have committed to a full two seasons, or 26 episodes, in a prospective deal that is
believed to be worth over $100 million.
Deadline.com reports that negotiations
are still ongoing, but called the deal "probably the biggest gamble in
[Netflix’s] 14-year history."
Fincher is set to make his TV directing
debut on the pilot for the American adaptation of "House of Cards," which
is based on a British novel by Michael Dobbs and acclaimed BBC miniseries.