HBO will come out of the starting gate with David Milch/Michael Mann drama Luck.
The series is Milch's third for the network after the groundbreaking western Deadwood and the dead on arrival mystical surf series John From Cincinnati. Milch wrote the pilot and Mann directed it. Mann, whose career kicked off with the TV series Miami Vice, has mostly worked in film of late directing theatricals, including The Insider, Heat and Last of the Mohicans.
Luck revolves around the colorful world of horse racing: the owners, gamblers, jockeys. It boasts an all-star cast headlined by Dustin Hoffman. Dennis Farina, John Ortiz, Kevin Dunn, Richard Kind, Jason Gedrick, Ritchie Coster, Ian Hart, Tom Payne, Kerry Condon, Gary Stevens, Nick Nolte and Jill Hennessy.
Luck is scheduled to begin filming this fall at Los Angeles' Santa Anita Park and other southern California locales.