Dustin Hoffman 's new drama 'Luck,' based on the seedier side of horse racing, suffered a huge setback earlier this week with the news that a third thoroughbred horse had been put down on the set after suffering injury, its network HBO agreeing not to use any more in the filming as a result. Now the plug has been pulled completely, the criticism the production has faced from Animal Rights groups and the sheer pragmatism of trying to create a horse racing based drama without any horses proving too much for them to surmount.

A statement released by Hbo said "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," continuing "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."

Previously the BBC had reported that animal activists Peta had got involved in the debate, the group stating "Three horses have now died and all the evidence we have gathered points to sloppy oversight, the use of unfit, injured horses, and disregard for the treatment of thoroughbreds." It's comments like these that had since led to the closure of production. Hoffman is next scheduled to appear in the film 'The Giver,' currently in production.