‘Drive’ director wows with the first look at his Amazon series
Nicolas Wending Refin comes to TV
Everyone likes Drive. Whether it’s Gosling’s stare, the violence, or the car porn… everyone likes Drive. Danish director, Nicolas Winding Refn, follows up his much-maligned Neon Demon with his first foray into tv, or streaming more appropriately.
As far as teasers go, it doesn’t get much more compelling than this. For those of you that haven’t had your True Detective thirst quenched, it looks like Refn plans to satisfy fans of his neon-drenched, ultraviolent style; as well as the crime genre.
Watching this trailer (via The Playlist) is like walking into an all you can eat buffet of all things Nicolas Winding Refn filling your plate, and then eagerly going back for more. It has the director’s signature mixture of vivid violence and atmospheric style, and the flashes of the crime-ridden underworld recall the grim and gritty Pusher trilogy— a trio of some of Refn’s earliest movies. It’s all set to, of course, the synthesized beat of Refn’s frequent collaborator Cliff Martinez, who worked with the filmmaker on Drive, Only God Forgives, and The Neon Demon. (For the music lovers among you, the song featured here is called “Each Drop is an Odyssey,” and it’s originally from a 2016 Hennessy XO commercial.)
The show will “explore various characters’ existential journeys from being killers to becoming samurai in the city of angels.” Refn produced and co-wrote this with famed comic writer Ed Brubaker, who has also written for Westworld. Refn directed all ten episodes, returning to the small screen for the first time since he directed a pair of Agatha Christie’s Marple episodes for British television a decade ago.
Details on the synopsis are scarce, but we know that Miles Teller plays Martin, a cop who is recovering from the murder of his partner. Martin and his partner’s killer find themselves in a scenario involving Yakuza soldiers, cartel hitmen, the Russian mob, and even a gang of teenage murderers. Sounds completely batshit, which is right up Refin’s alley.
Jena Malone (The Neon Demon), William “Billy” Baldwin (Backdraft), John Hawkes (Deadwood), Cristina Rodlo (The Condemned), Augusto Aguilera (Shane Black’s upcoming movie, The Predator), Nell Tiger Free (Game of Thrones), Babs Olusanmokun (The Defenders), and Callie Hernandez (Alien: Covenant) all co-star in the show.
There isn’t an official release date yet, but Too Old to Die Young is expected to debut on Amazon (which was also the home for Refn’s The Neon Demon) sometime in 2018.