HBO was so knocked out by the pilot for the horse-racing drama “Luck,” starring Dustin Hoffman and Nick Nolte that it has picked up the project for a series, Deadline.com reports.
The show, from Michael Mann and David Milch, examines the owners, gamblers, jockeys and gaming industry players involved in horse racing, the story reports. Production is set to begin this fall at Santa Anita Park and other Los Angeles locations.
“Michael Mann delivered a pilot from David Milch’s brilliant script that took our breath away,” said HBO Programming President Michael Lombardo. “We are truly excited that these two artists, and our extraordinary cast headed by Dustin Hoffman, will be bringing ‘Luck’ to life.”
The pilot, written by Milch and directed by Mann, also stars Dennis Farina, John Ortiz, Kevin Dunn, Richard Kind, Jason Gedrick, Ritchie Coster, Ian Hart, Tom Payne, Kerry Condon, and Gary Stevens, with Jill Hennessy guest-starring.
HBO also has another high-profile drama series in the works, Martin Scorsese and Terence Winter’s “Boardwalk Empire,” starring Steve Buscemi.