Sam Neill and Bryan Brown Team Up For OLD SCHOOL

Simon de Bruyn, Contributing Writer
This is not your father's Old School, and by that I mean you Magnus Paulin Ferrell. Nope, Sam Neill and Bryan Brown aren't teaming up for an remake of the US cult comedy, but are just taking the name and old dogs in a new world formula for a new crime drama series for Australian TV. 

As Picha reports, Old School tells the story of Ted McCabe (Neill), a retired cop, and Lennie Cahill (Brown), a retired crim, who get together to solve crimes, unravel scams and make some much-needed cash, while avoiding the wrath of the police and the underworld. 

The series will be directed by Gregor Jordan, Peter Templeman and series creator Paul Oliver. It will air on ABC TV and is being produced by Matchbox Pictures, a production house responsible for some of the best and most boundary-pushing content currently being made in Australia.
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  • Jahsoldier

    I can definitely see Brown as the smooth talking crim and Neil doing the gruff bastard bit. It will be an interesting pairing. Although it would be great if they took their crime solving team on the road, and not just stuck in Sydney like so many other shows. Harry also looks interesting. The last interesting thing I can remember Neil doing in NZ was probably Sleeping Dogs. Personally I am (im)patiently waiting for Rake season 3.

    As a side note, the world needs more Ben Mendelsohn.

  • Snoop Lion

    True. But the world is quickly getting a lot more Mendo. It's only a matter of time before he's in a Scorcese movie.

    I think I'm going to track down Harry and see if I can cover it in some way here. It's getting raves over in New Zealand, and sounds like another evolution in TV drama for them which is great. Let's hope at least the ABC picks it up for Australia. I'll find out.

  • davebaxter

    Wow, does it mean I'm finally "old" that this news is the most exciting/gobsmacking on Twitch for me today? Probably. But I cannot wait to see Brown and Neil together in this. What an inspired pairing. More!

  • Snoop Lion

    You're officially "awesome". They have previously paired up in the whimsical but really quite charming Dean Spanley and also in Australian 1960s gangster crime movie Dirty Deeds, if you want to check those out.

    On another note, thanks for the feedback. Writing this I had no idea who would like it (besides me) especially as I wanted to just present the news without contextualising the actors by their previous work. Heartened to hear there is a fan, and also heartening I don't need to frame everything.

  • davebaxter

    Ha ha, personally I'm surprised I'm the only one commenting on this, I literally got a little buzz when I read the headline, and simply had to say something. Could be because Twitch is still a "young" site that the audience is primarily young and this is going to go under a lot of people's radars, but since neither of these actors have had a visible role in some recent blockbuster or what have you, there wouldn't be much point in framing much. It'd probably still just be the salivating fanboys like me that gave a frap. Better to treat the subject matter like their names really do mean a lot all on their lonesome. They arguably do.

  • Snoop Lion

    Depends on your definition of young I suppose. I would guess that our readership probably reflects the demo of the writers, that is: 25-45. I'm right in the middle of that. Eek.

    There's actually a Kiwi series airing right now on NZ TV called Harry that looks really interesting, with Sam Neill. I'm trying to track down a screener. I hope it gets picked up widely so international audiences get to see it. In fact while I'm on the topic, another international film actor returning home for a crime TV series is Guy Pearce, in the excellent Jack Irish. I would completely recommend this if you can find it. Based on a series of novels, set in Melbourne. Two telemovies were made last year and they are filming a further two right now.

  • davebaxter

    Yeah, I'm in the middle of that age range as well, so I guess by "young" I'm thinking more toward the lower end, young to mid twenties. Or, an alternate take, Twitch's general readership may be more genre loving movie goers who aren't quite the cinephiles the writers are (which is pretty standard dynamic for any site). If these two Aussies had been more active recently in the genre scene, maybe this would be getting more attention.

    In any event, keep the Aussie TV news coming. That's something I haven't found a good outlet to keep tabs on. And thanks so much for the recommendations! I will definitely try to track down Jack Irish, and even Harry - I'm a-okay with hunting down Region 4 DVDs if it seems worth it.

  • Snoop Lion

    I had better quickly point out that Sam is a Kiwi. Born in Northern Ireland, but NZ claims him. He runs a winery there as well, called Two Paddocks. Quite good apparently.

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