Variety reports today that Public Enemies/Heat/The Insider director Michael Mann will direct the pilot for Luck, Milch’s new drama about the world of competitive horse racing. It’s a world Milch is familiar with; as a thoroughbred owner himself, he’s won two Breeders’ Cups. Mann hasn’t directed for TV since 1989’s L.A. Takedown, an unaired pilot that he later fleshed out into Heat. I’m expecting lots of long shots of tortured but purposeful dudes with professionalism and mortality on their minds and profane, vaguely Shakespearean dialogue on their tongues.
Milch describes the uncast main character of Ace Bernstein as “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.”
I am pretty sure whoever wrote this has never been to a race track, but whatever. I still sort of clapped my hands in delight.