‘House of Cards’ Author Expected Netflix Adaptation to Go "Horribly Wrong"


Michael Dobbs says that "it really has been the happiest professional experience of my life."

With Frank Underwood now flexing his political muscle in the third season of House of Cards, the author of the books behind the original U.K. version has revealed that he initially worried that Netflix’s adaptation wouldn't go to plan.

"I expected it all to go horribly wrong, and me to be left outside on the doorstep, shouting through the letterbox, ‘You’ve got it all wrong'," Michael Dobbs told Radio Times magazine. "But it really has been the happiest professional experience of my life, and that is something I never ever dreamt I’d be able to say."

The U.K. version — adapted from Dobb’s trilogy of books — aired on the BBC over three seasons from 1990 to 1995, ending with its lead character, the manipulating and devious British prime minister Francis Urquhart, being assassinated.

But Dobbs — who is also an executive producer on the U.S. show — left open Frank Underwood's fate, saying that the Netflix series is now "in totally new territory" compared to the books.

Dobbs' relationship with the BBC had famously deteriorated when the public broadcaster aired the final season of House of Cards in the U.K., to the point where he asked for his name to be removed from the credits.

"When I was told by a very senior BBC executive that if I took my name off, I would never, ever work for the BBC ever again, I thought that they’d given me absolutely everything I needed to walk out the door, and I did," Dobbs said.

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