HBO is in 'The Money.'
The pay cable network has given an official pilot order to a new series by David Milch, titled 'The Money.' The pilot (and potential series) centers around the American super-rich, specifically media mogul James Castman, a man looking to gain power both in his media empire and in his family.
The role of Castman will be played by Irish actor Brendan Gleeson. Though Gleeson's most recent role is regrettably in 'The Smurfs 2,' he's absolutely been fantastic in films like 'The Guard,' 'Gangs of New York,' and my personal favorite, the 2008 gangster comedy 'In Bruges.' Gleeson's most recent television role was as Winston Churchill in the HBO film 'Into the Storm,' which aired in 2009. 'The Money' will be Gleeson's first American television series.
That's not the case for creator David Milch, who has quite a history with American television. He was a co-creator of the long-running police drama 'NYPD Blue,' and has created plenty of short-lived cult television series since then -- three of which aired on HBO. His show 'Deadwood's' cancellation is still bemoaned by fans, but not his follow-up, the short-lived 'John from Cincinnati.' His most recent series, the Dustin Hoffman-starring 'Luck,' was cancelled last year after too many horses died during the show's production.
'The Money' has got a fine pedigree, and it's about time Gleeson got to helm his own television series. Here's hoping HBO decides to pick this one up to series.
Other dramas in development at the network include an adaptation of Steven King's 'The Dark Tower,' Damon Lindelof's 'The Leftovers,' and Neil Gaiman's 'American Gods.'