Netflix Reportedly in Talks to Produce Original Series

Paul Lilly

Sometimes you have to take the bull by the horns and hope like hell you don't get gored. That's the lesson Netflix is learning as it tries to compete with cable channels like HBO and Showtime, both of which attract viewers with original series like "The Sopranos" and "Californication." It appears likely Netflix will also try its hand at producing an original television series of its own, and spend a lot of money doing so.

More than an idea on a whiteboard, The Wall Street Journal says Netflix is already in "advanced talks" for a political drama directed by David Fincher and starring Kevin Spacey. The show, which is based on a British miniseries, is called "House of Cards" and would reportedly cost Netflix $100 million for 26 episodes, though an un-named source familiar with Netflix's plans thinks it would spend considerably less.

As would be expected, part of the deal includes the right for Netflix to distribute the series online before it could be broadcast elsewhere or sold on DVD. The ability to stream content on day-of-release, whether movies or TV shows, has been a challenge for Netflix, which is likely one reason the company is interested in producing its own show.

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