First Photos: Winding Refn’s “Young” Series

Like so many auteurs these days, “Drive” and “Only God Forgives” director Nicolas Winding Refn is making the leap to television.

Having dabbled only briefly in the format as a director-for-hire, notably doing a few episodes of The BBC’s “Agatha Christie’s Marple,” Refn now returns for a project which will see his own vision put on screen with the help of Amazon Studios.

“Too Old To Die Young” aims to debut sometime in the next year and follows a grieving police officer, mourning the death of his partner, who buddies up with the man who killed his friend with the pair diving into the L.A. underbelly – going from “being killers to becoming samurais in the City of Angels”.

Miles Teller, Jena Malone, John Hawkes, Billy Baldwin, Nell Tiger Free, Babs Olusanmokun, Callie Hernandez, and Cristina Rodlo star in the project co-written by Refn and Ed Brubaker and with a tone comparable to Refn’s “Pusher” films. The first photos have arrived today and can be seen below.

Speaking about the project on Facebook and with Indiewire, Refn interestingly says: “The whole concept of television itself is so ancient. I mean, we don’t have television at home anymore, we have a screen, but we don’t have television. Because why would you want it?”.