It comes to no surprise that Netflix has renewed hit series House of Cards for a fifth season today. However, creator, executive producer and showrunner Beau Willimon will be departing before production begins.
“Netflix and MRC owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to Beau Willimon for his strong narrative vision for House of Cards over the show’s first four seasons,” both companies released in a statement. “As an Academy Award nominated writer, he made his first foray into television and built a riveting and critically acclaimed series, establishing his place in TV history. The producers, cast and crew join us in wishing Beau the best in his next creative adventure.”
Willimon said in a statement, “I’m grateful to Netflix and MRC, my fellow executive producers, our two incandescent stars Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright, our talented writers, as well as the incredible cast and crew with whom I’ve had the privilege to work. After five years and four seasons, it’s time for me to move on to new endeavors, but I’m supremely proud of what we’ve built together, wish the show much continued success, and leave it in the hands of a very capable team.”
The series, starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright helped put Netflix on the map for original programming back in 2013. There is no replacement set yet for Willimon.
Season four will hit the streaming service on March 4th.