The project is described as a provocative look at the worlds of horseracing and gambling told through a diverse group of characters surrounding a racetrack.
It centers on an intelligent, intuitive tough man (Hoffman) who always has been involved with gambling, from bookmaking and money laundering to casino operations.
Recently released from prison after four years, he teams with Gus Economou (Dennis Farina), his longtime chauffeur and muscle, to craft a complex plan involving the track. They recruit Turo Escalante (John Ortiz), a successful trainer with a sordid reputation.
Milch wrote the pilot, which Mann is directing. Both are executive producing with Carolyn Strauss and "The Sopranos" alum Henry Bronchtein.
The pilot is eyeing a spring production start in Los Angeles.
It's only a pilot but come on, an HBO series starring Dustin Hoffman from the makers of "Deadwood" and "Heat"? It practically sells itself.