Of all the brilliant Davids who’ve churned out the quality HBO dramas that have made the premium network so indispensable, David Milch has the most erratic record. His tremendous Western “Deadwood” was, despite the acclaim the series was given, canceled after three seasons, a pair of promised wrap-up movies never coming together.
The utterly bewildering but still compelling surfing saga “John From Cincinnati” was killed off (with less protest) after a single season, while “Luck,” Milch’s 2012 horse racing drama collaboration with Michael Mann, was doing well enough to be renewed until the deaths of three thoroughbreds during production led HBO to end the series.
Milch’s next project at the network just received a pilot order and, according to Deadline, is set to star Irish actor Brendan Gleeson (“In Bruges”) in his first US TV series. Entitled “The Money,” the drama is about wealth and corruption amongst the 1%, with Gleeson set to play James Castman, an American mogul who controls his family and media empire with his considerable influence.
Milch wrote the pilot and is executive producing with Art and John Linson (“Sons Of Anarchy”) and Frank Rich. Justin Chadwick (“Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”) will direct.