Major casting news for The Money, HBO’s David Milch drama about wealth and corruption among the super elite. Billy Magnussen has been cast as a series regular, in the role of Greg Castman — the middle, and favorite, child of mogul/patriarch James Castman (Brendan Gleeson), who wields power and influence to expand his media empire and control his clan. Rosemary Harris has been cast in the recurring role of Ellen Knox, the sharp, fearless, and funny mother of James Castman’s wife Ruth (Laila Robins). Mamie Gummer will recur as Tricia Castman, who comes from old New York money and is married to John Castman (Patrick Kennedy), James and Ruth’s dutiful son and key lieutenant in Castman’s empire. Ray Liotta will recur as wealthy, entitled, untouchable Wall Street tycoon George Archer. Ruth Negga becomes a series regular, playing Erin Foley, the stylish, no-nonsense senior news editor who reports to John Castman. Morgan Spector also signed on as a series regular, playing James Castman’s trusted associate Sidney. John Carroll Lynch will recur as Robert Harris, the CFO of the parent company of Castman’s many holdings. And Tracee Chimo will recur as a private eye Jane Mulvaney, who works closely with Gordon McCarren, a reporter for VistaCorp’s New York Herald who’s job is on the line and is desperate to confirm a hot scoop. Nathan Lane was signed last month to the McCarren role. Milch is writing and executive producing with exec producers Art Linson and John Linson. Justin Chadwick is directing the pilot and co-exec producing. Frank Rich also exec produces; Eric Roth and Sarah Caplan are co-exec producing. READ MORE »
EXCLUSIVE: Nathan Lane is set to co-star opposite Brendan Gleeson in The Money, David Milch‘s new drama pilot for HBO. Written by Milch and directed by Justin Chadwick, The Money is about wealth and corruption among the super elite, focusing on American mogul and patriarch James Castman (Gleeson), who wields power and influence to expand his media empire and control his family. Lane will play Gordon McCarren, a reporter for VistaCorp’s New York Herald whose job hangs by a thread. He hasn’t had a byline in weeks, and he’s desperate to garner evidence to support a hot scoop.
David Milch is extending his relationship with HBO. Milch, whose latest series for the pay cable network, Luck, launches in January, has inked a new multi-year deal with HBO where he has been based for the past eight years. Under the new extension, in addition to executive producing Luck with Michael Mann, Milch will develop series and movies based on books by Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winner William Falkner. Milch’s Redboard Prods has inked a deal with the literary estate of the iconic American writer who penned novels, short stories, a play and screenplays as well as poetry and essays. The pact covers all of the 19 novels and 125 short stories in the estate, as well as other works, with the exception of those currently optioned by other parties. Milch will partner with Lee Caplin, the executor of the William Faulkner Literary Estate and CEO of Picture Entertainment Corp, to choose which works to develop, package and produce. Milch and Caplin will be executive producers of those projects, with Milch serving as the executive writer in charge of the adaptions. His daughter Olivia Milch will serve as coordinating producer. The agreement, brokered by ICM, which reps Milch, gives HBO an exclusive first crack at financing, producing and distributing the projects as movies, miniseries and series. “We are especially pleased to continue our longstanding relationship with one of the industry’s most talented contemporary writers,” HBO president of programming Michael Lombardo said. “We know that whatever David brings to the HBO table will be exciting and innovative.”
EXCLUSIVE: Mimi Leder has signed on to direct All Quiet on the Western Front, an adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque’s WWI novel that was previously turned into the 1930 film that won a Best Picture Oscar and another for director Lewis Milestone. The novel is about the intense and terrifying action of 1918 trench warfare that traumatizes a young and idealistic German soldier on the Western front. The script is by Ian Stokell and Lesley Paterson. They will produce through their Sliding Down Rainbows Entertainment shingle. They have also come up with part of the funding, Leder told me.
Leder, whose feature credits include Deep Impact and The Peacemaker, just completed directing the season finale of Luck, the HBO series that stars Dustin Hoffman and Nick Nolte, with Michael Mann and David Milch exec producing. She hadn’t read the novel or seen the original film when she was sent the WWI script by Stokell and Paterson, but was struck by how the themes of disillusion and loss of humanity during ferocious fighting hadn’t lost its relevance despite the period setting.
Here is a first look at HBO’s upcoming horse racing drama series Luck from Michael Mann and David Milch. Set to premiere in the fall, it stars Dustin Hoffman and co-stars Dennis Farina, John Ortiz and Nick Nolte. Joan Allen and Michael Gambon are recurring.
In a pretty cool interview that Michael Mann gave to Financial Times’ Matthew Garrahan about his experience directing and exec producing the David Milch-created HBO series Luck, Mann dropped on Garrahan that he’s close on two features. Now, I’ve …
HBO has ordered the Dustin Hoffman-starring pilot Luck to series. Luck, from Michael Mann and David Milch, takes a provocative look at horse racing – the owners, gamblers, jockeys and diverse gaming industry players. Production is set to begin …