HBO is tapping Michael Mann to direct the hour-long series pilot for Luck by Deadwood creator David Milch. Mann was drawn to Luck based on the script itself, as well as feedback from Martin Scorsese and his experience directing Boardwalk Empire for HBO. It also helps that he and Milch have a long-standing friendship, going back to the days when they were working on Miami Vice and Hill Street Blues respectively. When asked about Mann directing, Milch said, “I am feeling very lucky to have Michael direct this and am champing at the bit, to borrow a few horse racing phrases.”
Find out more about Luck after the jump.
Speaking with BFDMemo, here’s what Milch had to say about Luck, “The pilot is about a bunch of intersecting lives in the world of the horse racing track.” On the surface the premise seems somewhat pedestrian, but Milch went onto explain what makes horse racing so compelling, “I find it as complicated and engaging a special world as any I’ve ever encountered, not only in what happens in the clubhouse and the grandstand, but also on the back side of the track, where the training is done and where they house the horses.”
As for Luck‘s lead character, who has yet to be cast, Milch said he is “a guy versed in all the permutations of finance, elicit and otherwise. When he is released from jail for securities violations, he resumes his place at the race track, where he is a figure of long-standing repute.”
Well known for taking chances on unconventional shows, I have no doubt HBO will make Luck something worth checking out. Bringing Mann in should help the series establish the same level of authenticity, and intrigue, common to many of his projects. If I were a betting man…well, you know where I’m going with that one.