The hourlong political thriller is based on the book and British miniseries of the same name. The Social Network director David Fincher is directing the pilot, which was written by Beau Willimon (The Ides of March).
Netflix, with more than 20 million subscribers, has committed $100 million for 26 episodes of the drama, outbidding HBO, AMC and others for the series. The subscription service will stream the series exclusively beginning in late 2012.
House of Cards is scheduled to begin production on the first 13 episodes in spring 2012.