Mann trying his ‘Luck’ with TV once again

Posted by · 8:51 am · October 11th, 2010

Doesn’t it feel like television is moving into a new golden age?  Everything from hour dramas to half-hour comedies is as impressive as ever and top filmmaking talent continues to make the jump.  We’ve already seen Martin Scorsese’s impact with “Boardwalk Empire” this year and if there’s one thing I’m looking forward to on the small screen, it’s the upcoming Michael Mann/David Milch horse race drama “Luck” on, where else, HBO.

This is a powerhouse partnership by anyone’s measure, and that’s before you even get to the talent in front of the camera (Dustin Hoffman and Nick Nolte will star).  Both of these guys, Mann and Milch, are alphas, to quote one actor I talked to about the show at a festival last year (who has worked with both and who shall remain nameless).  But they’re also creative beasts.

Geoff Boucher wrote a piece for this weekend’s LA Times and, of course, touches on that little nugget of intrigue.  He gets quotes from Hoffman, Mann and Milch on the matter, as well as HBO programming president Michael Lombardo (misidentified as David Lombardo).

Says Hoffman:

The sharing of the paintbrush is always a tenuous thing…In film, the writers hand over the paintbrush, but in television the directors have less power. But with this one, Mann is more active because he’s not just a one-time director, he is the [executive] producer of the show too.

And Milch, diplomatically:

There are challenges in every collaboration, and a challenge is an opportunity in disguise.

Ahere’s also the return of Mann to the big screen, which Boucher gets to as well.  The director says Milch’s pilot is one of the best scripts he’s ever read.  High praise.  The rest of the piece is something of a Mann profile, with intriguing quotes from Christian Bale and Christopher Nolan.  Read the full article over at the LA Times.

I cannot wait for this show.  It premieres next year.

(Side note: Boucher mentions that Mann records his own interviews.  Indeed, when I spoke to the director at his office four years ago for a New York Times profile, he pulled out his own recorder and set it on the desk right after I did the same.  Intimidating cat.)

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  • 1 10-11-2010 at 10:59 am

    the other mike said...

    nice, i feel we have been in golden age for some time now and this looks like a continuation.

  • 2 10-11-2010 at 2:36 pm

    Mr. Gittes said...

    God I can’t wait for this show. I hope Hoffman and Mann fought on set every single day. I hope punches were thrown. I hope they do a movie together, too.

    “Mann is by no means surrendering his big-screen directing pursuits. He has two projects — a European period-piece set after the end of serfdom and a tale set in the future that would be his first science-fiction project.”

    No talk of the Robert Capa project. Interesting. I hope this European period-piece is “The Last Duel.” It’s also interesting that Mann mentions Halo, as that’s a universe and story that I think is a perfect fit for Mann. A Michael Mann directed Halo movie will never happen, but one can dream.

  • 3 10-11-2010 at 3:49 pm

    Speaking English said...

    ***Doesn’t it feel like television is moving into a new golden age?***

    Uh, not really.

  • 4 10-11-2010 at 3:56 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    I guess you don’t watch much TV.

  • 5 10-11-2010 at 4:01 pm

    Speaking English said...

    LOL. I don’t have cable, so maybe that’s where this “golden age” is taking place? Of the programs I do get, “Modern Family” is excellent.

  • 6 10-11-2010 at 4:09 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Without cable you miss out on Mad Men, Dexter, Boardwalk Empire, Breaking Bad, a good chunk. So that explains it.

  • 7 10-11-2010 at 4:47 pm

    James D. said...

    For me, none of those shows touch The Wire, The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, and Arrested Development. I think the Golden Age is over.

  • 8 10-11-2010 at 4:49 pm

    James D. said...

    Also, Curb is not as funny as it used to be and Entourage fell apart.

  • 9 10-11-2010 at 5:04 pm

    Liz said...

    David Milch, Michael Mann, Dustin Hoffman, and Nick Nolte on the same project?

    I’m totally looking forward to it, but there’s certainly epic meltdown potential.

  • 10 10-11-2010 at 5:05 pm

    Mr. Gittes said...

    C’mon, folks. TREME. It’s golden.

  • 11 10-11-2010 at 5:08 pm

    P-Dawg said...

    All I can say is I’m glad that Nolte is still getting work. “Aww, hell. Mann and Milch? Sign me up, I guess, goddamit. “

  • 12 10-12-2010 at 6:36 am

    Zac said...

    I was planning on dropping HBO after Boardwalk Empire finished its first season, but I’ll keep it just for Luck.

    It’s been a Golden Age for television since The Sopranos came on. Here’s what I’m watching on cable alone:

    Boardwalk Empire
    Mad Men
    Sons of Anarchy

    Plus, I plan on buying the Dexter Seasons 1-4 Blu-ray set on Amazon for $94.99 this week.