The new HBO series Luck starring Dustin Hoffman and Nick Nolte revolving around horse racing has been plagued with animal deaths and all production has ceased. Since production began two horses broke their legs while race scenes were being filmed and a third horse unexpectedly bucked the other day and hit its head severely injuring itself and all three animals had to be euthanized.
As tragic as the situation is, the end of production for this series may be a blessing for HBO considering its struggling ratings. HBO has a history of even giving low-rated series a chance at a second season, but these events have made that decision unnecessary, leaving HBO with an opportunity to invest in new programming. The full statement from the producers is below.
Via Press Release:
Statement on Luck
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 difficult decision.
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.”