HBO Ends Production on LuckFollowing the deaths of three horses during the filming of the dramatic series Luck, HBO has ended production of the show. Two of the deaths occurred as a result of the horses breaking their legs during or just after running a race for the series. The third death happened this week when the horse reared up, flipped over backwards, and then hit her head on the ground as she was being walked back to her stall.
HBO issued the following statement announcing the end of the series:
“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.”
Michael Mann and David Milch stated:
“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.”