“Too Old to Die Young”: Why You Should be Excited
This past month, Amazon Studios announced the development of a mysterious new TV series, titled “Too Old to Die Young”, set for release in 2018. Details are scarce, but from what little has been released, it is becoming clear that Amazon’s new series could be one of the most anticipated television events in recent history. Here are several reasons you should be excited for the upcoming series.
Nicolas Winding Refn
As the director and co-creator of the series, Danish film director Nicolas Winding Refn has the potential to bring a style unlike any other seen on the small screen. Known for directing the fashion-horror, “The Neon Demon” (2018), and the award-winning action-thriller “Drive” (2011), Refn is a force to be reckoned with his return television.
Although Refn regular Ryan Gosling is missing from the list, “Too Old to Die Young” is marked with an impressive cast, most notably rising star Miles Teller, most known for his acclaimed performance in “Whiplash” (2014). Despite a relatively short career thus far, Teller is sure to impress. Teller will be joined by Oscar-nominee John Hawkes, television favorite Billy Baldwin, and “Hunger Games” (2012-2015) alumna Jena Malone.
Crime and Samurais
The plot of the series is being kept under extremely tight wraps. But from what is known, hype can only increase. According to the series’ IMDB page, “It explores the criminal underbelly of Los Angeles by following characters' existential journeys from being killers to becoming samurais in the City of Angels.” Knowing Refn’s filmography, this can very well be literal, and may built a bridge between arthouse and television, something only done notably by the great David Lynch with “Twin Peaks” (1990-91;2017).
Although Refn’s storytelling techniques are somewhat divisive among moviegoers, there is one thing everyone can agree on: his films are gorgeous. Stunning set pieces, masterful cinematography, and a blooming production value, Refn’s jeweler’s eye is a treasure for the bland and uneventful atmosphere of most modern television productions. His unique cinematic vision could be the godsend television needs to revitalize itself.
10 years ago, if you were to tell a friend that Amazon would be a major film distributor, you probably would’ve faced some serious scutiny. Now, with dozens of films among its collection, including the Oscar-winning “Manchester by the Sea” (2016), “Too Old to Die Young” has found the perfect vendor. Better yet, although it isn’t yet confirmed, you just might to be able to stream the series on its release date.