David Fincher already has his post-Social Network project going, of course, as he continues shooting his American adaptation of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. But now he knows what's coming after that, and believe it or not, he's going to television. THR reports that Fincher will direct the pilot episode of House of Cards, an hourlong TV series that will star Kevin Spacey as a manipulative and ambitious politician working his way up the system. It's based on the same book that inspired a British miniseries of the same name, which aired on the BBC in four parts in 1990.

It's unclear how closely they'll stick to the plot of the original miniseries, though there will be obvious changes thanks to the transition to American politics and the fact that this one's a series, not just in four parts. No network is yet attached to the show, but it's easy to imagine quite a few of them killing themselves to get their hands on it. HBO seems like the obvious choice, but now that AMC and FX have made the leap over into high-quality programming, who knows who might go for it. It also goes without saying that this will be one of the most hotly anticipated premieres of whatever year it shows up on TV.

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