AMAZON ORIGINAL SERIES TOO OLD TO DIE YOUNG
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Detective Martin (Miles Teller) Jones leads a double life as a killer for hire in Los Angeles' deadly underground. Coming under the sway of Viggo (John Hawkes), a mysterious vigilante with an apocalyptic vision, Martin suffers an existential crisis, which leads him deeper into a blood splattered world of violence and murder. This dark odyssey takes Martin to the deserts of New Mexico, and a pair of Satan-worshipping brothers who have their own ideas of good and evil.
Groundbreaking filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn expands his boundary-pushing approach to storytelling with the 10-part limited series Too Old to Die Young. As the lives of a young police officer and the heir to a Mexican drug cartel collide, their parallel journeys through the criminal underbelly of Los Angeles guarantee a catastrophic confrontation.
Martin (Miles Teller), a cop on a career fast-track, and Jesus (Augusto Aguilera), a budding drug kingpin, are both operating on the seedier side of the San Fernando Valley when a violent act of revenge ties their fates together inextricably. Under the tutelage of ex-FBI agent turned vigilante Viggo (John Hawkes), Martin attempts to atone for his role in the death of a fellow officer by assassinating the most depraved criminals he can find, while Jesus steps up to lead the Los Angeles branch of his family’s crime empire, as inevitable tragedy envelops them both.
By the series midpoint, the stage is set for Martin’s rebirth, transforming him from crooked cop into unrelenting hunter, stalking the city and beyond for loathsome predators. Starting with a pair of degenerate siblings whose stock-in-trade is violent, degrading pornography, Martin exacts his own brand of justice on a world that will soon demand vengeance of its own.
In Refn’s stylized world, infused with poetic mayhem, Martin and Jesus cross paths with a hedge-fund billionaire, a precocious 17-year-old girl, a victim’s rights advocate turned avenging angel and the self-proclaimed high priestess of death, as they unknowingly hurtle toward disaster. Brilliant colors, pulsating music and unadulterated violence alternate with eerie silence and deceptive stillness as Refn deftly navigates operatic plot twists on the way to an explosive conclusion.
Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive, The Neon Demon), who also co-wrote all 10 episodes of the series with Ed Brubaker (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, “Angel of Death”), the series stars Miles Teller (Only the Brave, Whiplash), William Baldwin (Backdraft, The Squid and the Whale), John Hawkes (The Sessions, Winter’s Bone), Jena Malone (The Neon Demon, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay), Augusto Aguilera (“Snowfall,” “Chasing Life”), Nell Tiger Free (“Game of Thrones,” Broken), Babs Olusanmokun (“Black Mirror,” “The Defenders”), Hart Bochner (Die Hard, Breaking Away), Celestino Cornielle (The Fate of the Furious, “Bosch”) and Cristina Rodlo (Miss Bala, The Condemned).
Producers are Rachel Dik (The Neon Demon, “Angels in Paradise”) and Alexander H. Gayner (Total Recall, Hotel Artemis). Director of photography is Darius Khondji (The Immigrant, Evita). Production designer is Tom Foden (The Cell, Immortals). Editors are Annie Guidice (Stronger, Going in Style) and Matthew Newman (Drive, The Neon Demon). Costume designer is Jennifer Johnson (I, Tonya, Hard Candy). Original music is by Cliff Martinez (Drive, Only God Forgives). Refn, Brubaker, Joe Lewis (“Fleabag,” “Transparent”) and Jeffrey Stott (Hotel Artemis, Stronger) are executive producers. Halley Gross (“Westworld,” “Emerald City”) is consulting producer.
ABOUT THE PRODUCTION
When Danish filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn says he loves Los Angeles, he’s not necessarily talking about the wide sandy beaches of Malibu or the glamorous excess of Hollywood or even the eternal, ubiquitous sunshine. Refn was drawn to the city’s gritty downtown area when he shot his 2011 action drama Drive and to the sinister side of the entertainment industry in his 2016 horror The Neon Demon. With the 10-part series Too Old to Die Young, Refn immerses audiences in the dark recesses of the San Fernando Valley’s criminal underworld for an unconventional take on a classic hero’s odyssey.
His groundbreaking Pusher trilogy, which explored Copenhagen’s criminal underworld, launched the careers of both Refn and his frequent collaborator, Mads Mikkelsen. A trio of gut- wrenching dramas that dared audiences not to look away, the films’ genre-busting combination of straightforward storytelling and moral ambivalence in the human condition, set the tone for a more expansive story lingering on the dark side of the City of Angels.
“Each of the three Pusher movies explored the same environment, but through the eyes of a different character. Instead of doing a 90 minute movie focusing on one character, I wanted to use the concept of different characters interacting in a specific universe to create a longform narrative,” explains Refn. “The digital revolution made this option suddenly plausible. With streaming, you can make a much longer film than you could for standard theatrical release, and that’s exciting for me.”
Like so many things in L.A., the idea for Too Old to Die Young began in a car. “I get a lot of ideas when I’m in cars because I can’t drive so I just listen to music,” says the director. “I was preparing The Neon Demon and one day on the freeway I was playing Barry Manilow’s ‘Mandy’ loud when this idea of death, religion and Los Angeles suddenly came to me. I saw a title: Too Old to Die Young. It felt like a riddle and rolled right off the tongue. The concept was about samurais in Los Angeles... And that’s the inspiration that kickstarted the whole thing. As I always say, not being able to drive is a blessing in disguise.”
ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS
NICOLAS WINDING REFN (Co-Creator, Director, Writer, Executive Producer) was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, and grew up in New York. He is best known for his work on The Pusher Trilogy, Bronson, Valhalla Rising, Drive, Only God Forgives, The Neon Demon, and his upcoming TV series, Too Old To Die Young.
ED BRUBAKER (Co-Creator, Writer, Executive Producer) is an award-winning writer of graphic novels, film and television. Based in Los Angeles, he recently served as a writer and supervising producer on HBO’s “Westworld.” Brubaker is an executive producer on the upcoming series “Velvet,” based on his graphic novel of the same name.
The writer’s bestselling graphic novels “Criminal,” “Incognito,” “Fatale,” “The Fade Out” and “Kill or Be Killed” have been translated around the world to great acclaim. Brubaker is best known among comic- book fans for his run on “Captain America,” during which he revived Cap’s long-deceased partner James
“Bucky” Barnes as the Winter Soldier. Marvel’s films featuring the character have all been international blockbusters.
JEFFREY STOTT (Executive Producer, Unit Production Manager) collaborated with Marc Platt and Adam Siegel on the acclaimed Nicolas Winding Refn film Drive, starring Ryan Gosling; the action- comedy 2 Guns, with Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg; and Lost River, Gosling’s directorial debut.
Stott teamed again with Refn on the director’s 2016 Cannes selection The Neon Demon before serving as executive producer on Stronger, starring Jake Gyllenhaal.
Stott began his career on Rob Reiner’s classic mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap and went on to collaborate as a producer for Reiner on his iconic films Stand by Me, The Princess Bride, Misery, When Harry Met Sally…, A Few Good Men and The American President. Stott’s long association with Reiner continued through the formation of Reiner’s company, Castle Rock Entertainment, where he served as executive vice president of production management and oversaw the production of more than 80 films including Academy Award-winning titles The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile. Additionally, he produced 180 episodes of Castle Rock’s beloved television series “Seinfeld.”
Following his tenure at Castle Rock, Stott returned to independent producing and teamed with John Davis on the comedies Fat Albert and Marmaduke. His other credits include the remake of The Omen, directed by John Moore; Shot Caller, directed by Ric Roman Waugh; and Hotel Artemis, directed by Drew Pearce.
Stott returned to television as a producer and consultant for the HBO miniseries “John Adams” before pairing with Reiner again on the hit film The Bucket List, starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman
Stott holds an M.A. in history from Brigham Young University and a Ph.D. in history from the University of California at Santa Barbara.
HALLEY GROSS (Consulting Producer) has written for several television and videogame titles, including serving as co-writer with creator Neil Druckmann on the sequel to the giant videogame franchise “The Last of Us.” Gross’ additional television credits include co-producer on the TNT series “Snowpiercer,” writer on the Cinemax series “Banshee” and story editor on the HBO series “Westworld.”
CLIFF MARTINEZ (Composer) has a longstanding relationship with filmmaker Steven Soderbergh, with whom he has worked on 10 features (including Kafka, The Limey, Traffic, Solaris and Contagion) as well as the critically acclaimed TV series “The Knick.” Martinez has been nominated for a Grammy® Award (Traffic), a César Award (Xavier Giannoli’s À L’origine), and a Broadcast Film Critics Award (Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive). His score for Refn’s 2016 release The Neon Demon was awarded Best Soundtrack at the Cannes International Film Festival.
Martinez’s scores tend to be stark and sparse, utilizing a modern tonal palette to paint the backdrop for films that are often dark and/or psychological. His recent film credits include Drew Pearce’s Hotel Artemis, Christian Gudegast’s Den of Thieves, Martin Campbell’s The Foreigner, Robert Redford’s The Company You Keep, Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers (co-composed with Skrillex), and Refn’s Only God Forgives (2014 Robert Award). Previously, he scored such films as Pump Up the Volume, Wonderland, Wicker Park, Narc and The Lincoln Lawyer.
Martinez was born in the Bronx but raised in Ohio and moved to California in 1976. There, he landed in the middle of the punk movement. After stints as the drummer for the Weirdos, Lydia Lunch and JG Thirlwell, and the final incarnation of Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band, Martinez joined the Red Hot Chili Peppers (playing on the band’s first two albums) and later the Dickies.
It was during his tenure with the Chili Peppers that Martinez began exploring the new technologies of that era, which would eventually guide him into the film music world. When a tape Martinez put together using these technologies made the rounds, it led to him scoring an episode of “Pee-wee’s Playhouse.” The same recording also ended up in Soderbergh’s hands, and soon thereafter Martinez was hired to score the director’s first feature, sex, lies, and videotape (1989).
Martinez was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012, as a member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The following year he earned the prestigious Richard Kirk Lifetime Achievement Award from BMI. Additionally, Martinez served as a juror for the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and was a member of the International Feature nominating committee for the 2011 Independent Spirit Awards.
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