Emmy Watch: Willimon Talks Fincher's 'House of Cards,' Last-Minute Corey Stoll Rewrites

Emmy Watch: Willimon Talks Fincher's 'House of Cards,' Last-Minute Corey Stoll Rewrites
You don't just wind up running a big web series like "House of Cards" out of nowhere. Writer Beau Willimon is the guy who, day in and day out, steers and makes sense of the show that is swiftly heading toward production on Season Two. Director David Fincher pulled him in after seeing what he did with George Clooney's "Ides of March," for which Willimon earned an Oscar nomination for adapting his own nasty political play "Farragut North." Willimon knew what he was writing about. He had worked on several campaigns, brought in by his chum Jay Carson, who rose through the K-Street ranks--and now consults for "House of Cards." Willimon moved to writing after studying theater, acting, painting, printmaking, the visual arts and American History at Columbia University. After he graduated, he convinced Columbia professor Eduardo Machado to let him audit his playwriting course, which led to submitting
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