Firing Kevin Spacey Could Cost Millions For Studios, Production Teams

Reworking "House of Cards" and "All the Money in the World" won't necessarily cost all the money in the world, but it could still be very pricey.
Posted at 8:31 PM, Nov 09, 2017

In response to the mounting accusations against Kevin Spacey, the actor has been kicked off two major, and expensive, productions: "House of Cards" and "All the Money in the World."

The latter project is reshooting all of Spacey's scenes, a move many have called unprecedented. It's also likely to be very expensive.

Spacey was reportedly on screen for around 10 minutes, which may add up to just a couple weeks of reshoots. Forbes guessed that could cost between $5 million and $7 million.

Critics speculate the decision to replace Spacey could draw in curious moviegoers, or at least save the film from Spacey's controversy. 

After the media scrutinized rape allegations against writer, director and actor Nate Parker, his film "The Birth of a Nation" flopped.

The controversy surrounding the actor may have already impacted "House of Cards." As of Thursday, production for the show had yet to pick back up. And that's bad news for many members of the cast and crew — some of which depend on the production for work.

A source told The Baltimore Sun the crew is still getting paid through the suspension, but we don't know how much they're being paid or for how long. Beyond the production team, the show's suspension is also reportedly affecting businesses in Maryland, where the show is filmed.

Season four of the Netflix original hired almost 2,700 people from Maryland for the cast and crew. It also spent money at almost 2,000 Maryland vendors. Season five of the show contributed $129 million to the state's economy.