'Luck' cancelled after third horse dies on set

HBO has sensationally cancelled one of its biggest shows in the wake of animal deaths on set. 'Luck' starring Dustin Hoffman and Nick Nolte has been axed.

The show, which was created by David Milch (of 'Deadwood' and 'NYPD Blue' fame) alongside Michael Mann ('Miami Vice', 'Heat') had only just been renewed for a second season.

While it hadn't performed as well in the ratings as would be expected for the talent involved, the horse racing/gangster drama was earning solid reviews and a growing appreciation.

In a statement, the network and the show’s creators explained the reasoning behind the move to stop the show: "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."

Following that, PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) released their own statement backing HBO's move and adding a few more flames to the fire: "Knowing that old, unfit, and drugged horses were forced to race for this series, PETA is glad that HBO has finally decided to cancel the show."

Other film news

Man of Steel star Henry Cavill walks out on new film days before production is set to begin

Henry Cavill has sensationally walked away from his latest film just days before shooting was slated to begin. The Man of Steel star pulled out of British Special Forces action film Stratton mere days before its scheduled shoot commencement of June 2nd.

Fox plans reboot of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

2003's ensemble action flick The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is getting a reboot, according to sources from 20th Century Fox.

Cannes Film Festival 2015: The full list of winners

The 68th Cannes Film Festival has wrapped up and its winners have been handed out to the cream of the international movie community, but who won what? We've got the full list of winners here.

Ricky Gervais teases first glimpse at Office spin-off movie David Brent: Life on the Road

Ricky Gervais is officially making a movie centred around his most famous comedy creation: 'The Office' leader David Brent.

TEASER TRAILER: First look at Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs

The first teaser trailer for Danny Boyle's Steve Jobs biopic has arrived, offering a steely glimpse at Michael Fassbender's take on the Apple Mac prodigy.

TRAILER: Bradley Cooper stars in Limitless spin-off TV series

While it was previously known that Bradley Cooper was helping out to produce a TV series version of one of his breakout films, 2011's Limitless co-starring Robert De Niro, it has now been revealed in a first look trailer that Cooper will appear as a star as well.

BAFTA TV Awards: Full list of 2015's winners

An eclectic mix of talent including the likes of Gemma Jones, Ant & Dec and shows such as 'Happy Valley' and 'True Detective' were honoured at the 2015 BAFTA TV Awards.

Marvel expands 'Captain America 3' cast and adds surprising star from 'Incredible Hulk'

Up until now, 'The Incredible Hulk' might as well not have existed in the Marvel universe. The Edward Norton starrer from 2008 was made by Universal, not Disney and while it had a post credits cameo from Robert Downey Jr's Tony Stark, it has largely been ignored in the studio's canon since Mark Ruffalo rebooted the lead role of the green, angry superhero. But that's all changed.

'The Office' star Martin Freeman joins Marvel's 'Captain America: Civil War'

Martin Freeman has joined the Marvel cinematic universe, having just signed on for a role in 'Captain America: Civil War' alongside Chris Evans.

'Indiana Jones 5' confirmed but Spielberg and Ford's future in doubt

'Indiana Jones 5' has been a rumour ever since the underwhelming 'Kingdom of the Crystal Skull' was a box office sensation back in 2008, but now its development has been confirmed by producer Kathleen Kennedy.

John Wick 2 announced with Keanu Reeves returning to create action franchise

'John Wick 2' is officially in (pre) production. Lionsgate made the announcement that the surprise hit will be getting the sequel treatment.

WATCH TEASER TRAILER: See a masked Christian Grey in 'Fifty Shades Darker' promo

A brief but enticing promo shows Jamie Dornan's Christian Grey getting dressed in an apartment in the night. Dressed in a dapper tuxedo, he slowly puts on a black masquerade mask as the scene shifts from colour to black and white (or shades of grey if you will).

Oscar winning Lord of the Rings cinematographer Andrew Lesnie in sudden death at 59

Andrew Lesnie, best known as Peter Jackson's go to cinematographer, has died suddenly of a heart attack. He was 59.

FIRST LOOK at Jared Leto's Joker in Suicide Squad

There's been plenty of speculation about Oscar winner Jared Leto's take on the iconic Batman villain The Joker and now the first official image of the star's version of the character has been revealed.

VIDEO: Robert Downey Jr walks out of intense Channel 4 interview

Robert Downey Jr is known for his seemingly endless patience when it comes to doing the press run to promote his movies, but it appears like he's finally cracked. The Oscar nominated star just walked out a TV interview with Channel 4 News while promoting the recently released 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'.

Jerry Bruckheimer leaks first image of Johnny Depp in 'Pirates of the Caribbean 5'

Production on 'Pirates of the Caribbean 5: Dead Men Tell No Tales' has been a notorious one so far but no official images or videos have surfaced. Until now, that is.

Epic trailer and brilliant posters for 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' arrive

Arriving nearly a full year before the film's release date, a surprisingly full-length teaser trailer for for the hotly anticipated superhero picture 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' has got tongues wagging and jaws dropping. View it in HD here.

Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones officially back together 'and stronger than ever'

Oscar winning Hollywood couple Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones have patched up their differences are are "back, stronger than ever."

WATCH HERE: Dennis Quaid filmed having on-set meltdown but is the video real or hoax?

The veteran double Golden Globe nominated star appears to lose his cool with the director and lash out at the crew while on set in the clip. It isn't clear what film or television project the 'Day After Tomorrow' actor was shooting at the time but the explicit outburst was captured on a mobile phone in the hands of a crewmember within spitting distance of the actor who was once married to Meg Ryan.

Bill Hader, Jemaine Clement, Rebecca Hall, Penelope Wilton and more join Spielberg's BFG cast

Steven Spielberg's first time directing a Disney film has just added some star names to its core cast. 'The BFG' will co-star Bill Hader, Jemaine Clement, Rebecca Hall, Penelope Wilton alongside three-time Tony Award winner Mark Rylance who will play the titular “Big Friendly Giant” and newcomer Ruby Barnhill as Sophie in the Roald Dahl adaptation.

Find Your Cinema

Cinemas Online supply showtimes for every cinema in the UK. To find out what's playing near you and to register for weekly showtimes updates from your local cinema, just enter your postcode:

Advertisement : content continues below
Advertisement : content continues below
Advertisement

| Privacy Policy | Contact Cinemas Online