Duo tries their 'Luck' with HBO
David Milch, Michael Mann team for horse racing dramaDavid Milch is trying his luck again at HBO, teaming with filmmaker Michael Mann on a horse-racing drama.
"Luck," which has received a pilot order from the paybox, is described as a provocative look at the world of horse racing and gambling told through a diverse group of characters surrounding a racetrack.
Milch wrote the project, with Mann on board to direct the pilot.
The two are executive producing with Carolyn Strauss, who, as HBO entertainment president, fostered Milch's close ties with the network.
During his long history with HBO, Milch created and executive produced the series "Deadwood" and "John From Cincinnati" as well as the 2008 pilot "Last of the Ninth," a gritty period cop drama.
Following an early start in television, where he worked as a writer-producer on several series, including an executive producing stint on "Miami Vice," Mann has been largely focused on the feature side, most recently writing, directing and producing the Johnny Depp starrer "Public Enemies."
In a rare foray into TV, he executive produced the 2002 CBS cop drama series "Robbery Homicide Division."
"Luck" follows another HBO drama pilot with a strong pedigree, the Terence Winter-written and Martin Scorsese-directed "Boardwalk Empire," which was picked up to series in the fall.
It joins a pilot slate at the pay cabler that includes the drama "Game of Thrones," in postproduction, and the comedy "Enlightened," which starts production next week.
Milch and Mann are repped by CAA.