This is unexpected but not totally unsurprising news in light of today’s third horse death on Michael Mann‘s HBO show Luck. Which is now officially canceled, after the American Humane Association halted all production yesterday.
Full memo below:
It is with heartbreak that executive producers David Milch and Michael
Mann together with HBO have decided to cease all future production on
the series LUCK.
Safety is always of paramount concern. We maintained the highest
safety standards throughout production, higher in fact than any
protocols existing in horseracing anywhere with many fewer incidents
than occur in racing or than befall horses normally in barns at night
or pastures. While we maintained the highest safety standards
possible, accidents unfortunately happen and it is impossible to
guarantee they won’t in the future. Accordingly, we have reached this
We are immensely proud of this series, the writing, the acting, the
filmmaking, the celebration of the culture of horses, and everyone
involved in its creation.
Quote from Michael Mann and David Milch: “The two of us loved this
series, loved the cast, crew and writers. This has been a tremendous
collaboration and one that we plan to continue in the future.”