Too Old to Die Young

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Too Old to Die Young
Genre
Created by
Written by
  • Nicolas Winding Refn
  • Ed Brubaker
Directed byNicolas Winding Refn
Starring
Composer(s)Cliff Martinez
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Nicolas Winding Refn
  • Ed Brubaker
  • Jeffrey Stott
Producer(s)
  • Rachel Dik
  • Alexander H. Gayner
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time31-97 minutes
Production company(s)
  • Space Rocket
  • Picrow
Release
Original networkAmazon Video
Original releaseJune 14, 2019

Too Old to Die Young is an American crime drama web television series written by Nicolas Winding Refn and Ed Brubaker and starring Miles Teller and William Baldwin. It premiered on Amazon Video on June 14, 2019.[1]

Premise[edit]

Too Old to Die Young follows "a grieving police officer who, along with the man who shot his partner, finds himself in an underworld filled with working-class hit men, Yakuza soldiers, cartel assassins sent from Mexico, Russian mafia captains and gangs of teenage killers."[2]

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

Recurring[edit]

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected by [3]Written byOriginal release date [4]
1"Volume 1: The Devil"Nicolas Winding RefnNicolas Winding Refn & Ed BrubakerJune 14, 2019 (2019-06-14)
2"Volume 2: The Lovers"Nicolas Winding RefnNicolas Winding Refn & Ed BrubakerJune 14, 2019 (2019-06-14)
3"Volume 3: The Hermit"Nicolas Winding RefnNicolas Winding Refn & Ed BrubakerJune 14, 2019 (2019-06-14)
4"Volume 4: The Tower"Nicolas Winding RefnNicolas Winding Refn & Ed BrubakerJune 14, 2019 (2019-06-14)
5"Volume 5: The Fool"Nicolas Winding RefnNicolas Winding Refn & Ed BrubakerJune 14, 2019 (2019-06-14)
6"Volume 6: The High Priestess"Nicolas Winding RefnNicolas Winding Refn & Ed BrubakerJune 14, 2019 (2019-06-14)
7"Volume 7: The Magician"Nicolas Winding RefnNicolas Winding Refn & Ed BrubakerJune 14, 2019 (2019-06-14)
8"Volume 8: The Hanged Man"Nicolas Winding RefnNicolas Winding Refn & Ed BrubakerJune 14, 2019 (2019-06-14)
9"Volume 9: The Empress"Nicolas Winding RefnNicolas Winding Refn & Ed BrubakerJune 14, 2019 (2019-06-14)
10"Volume 10: The World"Nicolas Winding RefnNicolas Winding Refn & Ed BrubakerJune 14, 2019 (2019-06-14)

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

On February 8, 2017, it was announced that Amazon had given the production a series order for a first season consisting of ten episodes. The series was slated to be written by Nicolas Winding Refn and Ed Brubaker both of whom were also set to executive produce alongside Jeffrey Stott. Additionally, Refn was expected to direct every episode of the series and Rachel Dik and Alexander H. Gayner were set to serve as producers.[3][5]

Casting[edit]

On March 27, 2017, it was announced that Miles Teller had been cast in the series lead role of Martin, a character described as "a police officer entangled in the world of assassins."[2][6][7] On November 21, 2017, the rest of the main cast was announced and included Billy Baldwin, Jena Malone, John Hawkes, Cristina Rodlo, Augusto Aguilera, Nell Tiger Free, Babs Olusanmokun, and Callie Hernandez.[8] On February 7, 2018, it was reported that Hart Bochner had joined the series in a recurring capacity.[9] On August 29, 2018, Refn announced through his official Twitter account that George Payne had been cast in the series.[10]

Filming[edit]

On November 27, 2017, principal photography for the series began in Los Angeles, California.[11] Filming for the first episode ended on January 17, 2018.[12] On March 6, 2018, filming for an episode began in Albuquerque, New Mexico and was expected to continue there through March before returning to Los Angeles.[13][14] On August 11, 2018, principal photography for the series ended.[15]

Soundtrack[edit]

Cliff Martinez composed the score for the series, his fourth collaboration with Nicolas Winding Refn. Like previous works of Winding Refn, the series also features a variety of electronic music and punk rock by bands like Goldfrapp, The Leather Nun, Frankie Miller and Jimmie Angel. A soundtrack album featuring Martinez's score as well as pre-existing pop music featured in the show is to be released on the 14th of June 2019.[16]

Release[edit]

Episodes four and five of the series premiered out of competition at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival on May 18.[17] The full series premiered on Amazon Video on June 14 of the same year.

Marketing[edit]

On February 28, 2018, a series of first look images from the series were released.[18] On May 21, 2018, Refn released the first teaser trailer through his personal Twitter account.[19]

Reception[edit]

The premiere sharply divided both audiences and critics, prompting mass walkouts. Praise was directed at Refn's signature style and Teller's performance but criticisms were raised regarding the depiction of sexual violence and the treatment of female characters. For Collider, Gregory Ellwood wrote: "It’s dated and tired and Refn should have known better."[20] Writing for Goomba Stomp, James Slaymaker panned the series, declaring it to be one the worst films of the festival and stating: "Refn is proudly parading disturbing images on screen for no reason other than to stroke his own ego - and like most provocateurs, he lacks the courage of his convictions, always eager to undercut the vile material with an easy gag."[21] Conversely, Eric Kohn of IndieWire offered praise of the series, writing: "there’s certainly some potential in Too Old to Die Young, at least for audiences who can appreciate aspects of Refn’s dark style and punkish sensibility."[22] Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian gave the episodes 4 out of a possible 5 stars, stating: "Too Old To Die Young is macabre, and nauseating in many ways, but very well made and very watchable."[23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Trumbore, Dave (2019-04-03). "First Blood-Soaked Trailer for Nicolas Winding Refn's Series 'Too Old to Die Young' Arrives". Collider. Retrieved 2019-04-04.
  2. ^ a b Kit, Borys; Sandberg, Bryn Elise (March 27, 2017). "Miles Teller to Star in Nicolas Winding Refn's Amazon Series 'Too Old to Die Young'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 20, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Lang, Brent; Wagmeister, Elizabeth (February 8, 2017). "Amazon Boards TV Crime Series From Nicolas Winding Refn (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved February 20, 2018.
  4. ^ "TOO OLD TO DIE YOUNG (AMAZON)". The Futon Critic. May 30, 2019.
  5. ^ Sandberg, Bryn Elise (February 8, 2017). "Nicolas Winding Refn Sets Amazon Crime Series 'Too Old to Die Young'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 20, 2018.
  6. ^ Petski, Denise (March 27, 2017). "Miles Teller To Star In Nicolas Winding Refn's Amazon Series 'Too Old To Die Young'". Deadline. Retrieved February 20, 2018.
  7. ^ Agard, Chancellor (March 27, 2017). "Miles Teller Heads to TV in Amazon's 'Too Old to Die Young'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved February 20, 2018.
  8. ^ Petski, Denise (November 21, 2017). "'Too Old To Die Young': Billy Baldwin Cast In Nicolas Winding Refn's Amazon Series". Deadline. Retrieved February 20, 2018.
  9. ^ Petski, Denise (February 7, 2018). "'Mr. Mercedes' Casts Virginia Kull; Hart Bochner In 'Too Old To Die Young'". Deadline. Retrieved February 20, 2018.
  10. ^ Refn, Nicolas Winding [@NicolasWR] (August 29, 2018). "Dear Friends... The legendary George Payne has now joined the show! ! ! @TOTDYTV ❤️👁🔻" (Tweet). Archived from the original on August 30, 2018. Retrieved August 30, 2018 – via Twitter.
  11. ^ Refn, Nicolas Winding [@NicolasWR] (November 27, 2017). "Dear Friends, Hello from Day One on Too Old To Die Young! ❤️👁🔻" (Tweet). Archived from the original on August 30, 2018. Retrieved August 30, 2018 – via Twitter.
  12. ^ Too Old To Die Young [@TOTDYTV] (January 16, 2018). "Wrapped up filming on episode 1. Still a long road ahead but it's going to be a blast.📸 #totdytv #nicolasrefn #milesteller #amazonoriginals #2019" (Tweet). Archived from the original on August 30, 2018. Retrieved August 29, 2018 – via Twitter.
  13. ^ Cloutier, Benjamin (March 8, 2018). "The New Mexico Film Office Announces Amazon Studios Television Series "Too Old to Die Young" To Film an Episode in New Mexico" (PDF). New Mexico Film Office. Retrieved March 9, 2018.
  14. ^ Jenkins, JD (March 8, 2018). "The New Mexico Film Office announces Amazon Studios Television Series "Too Old to Die Young" to Film an episode in New Mexico". The Grant County Beat. Retrieved March 9, 2018.
  15. ^ Refn, Nicolas Winding [@NicolasWR] (August 11, 2018). "Dear Friends... Today is the last day of principal photography on TOO OLD TO DIE YOUNG. I want to thank a wonderful crew for an amazing journey. ❤️👁🔻 @TOTDYTV" (Tweet). Archived from the original on August 30, 2018. Retrieved August 30, 2018 – via Twitter.
  16. ^ https://filmmusicreporter.com/2019/05/23/soundtrack-album-for-nicolas-winding-refns-amazon-series-too-old-to-die-young-to-be-released/
  17. ^ Pavan, Benoit (May 17, 2019). "Too Old To Die Young, the new laboratory of Nicolas Winding Refn". Festival de Cannes. Retrieved May 19, 2019.
  18. ^ Miller, Liz Shannon (February 28, 2018). "'Too Old to Die Young' Exclusive First Look: Nicolas Winding Refn Thinks TV 'Is Dead,' but His Amazon Show Is the Next Step". IndieWire. Retrieved March 1, 2018.
  19. ^ Nordine, Michael (May 21, 2018). "'Too Old to Die Young' Sneak Peek: Nicolas Winding Refn Debuts First Footage of His Ultra-Violent Amazon Series". IndieWire. Retrieved May 23, 2018.
  20. ^ Ellwood, Gregory (May 18, 2019). "'Too Old To Die Young' Review: Nicolas Winding Refn's Series Is Brilliant & Tedious". Collider. Retrieved May 19, 2019.
  21. ^ Slaymaker, James (May 19, 2019). "Cannes Film Festival 2019: 'Too Old To Die Young' is Clownish Shock-Mongering". Goomba Stomp. Retrieved May 19, 2019.
  22. ^ Kohn, Eric (May 17, 2019). "Nicolas Winding Refn Brings Gun-Toting Rapists and an All-Night Car Chase to Cannes With Amazon Series". IndieWire. Retrieved May 19, 2019.
  23. ^ Bradshaw, Peter (May 18, 2019). "Too Old to Die Young review - Nicolas Winding Refn's dead-eyed LA nightmare". The Guardian. Retrieved May 19, 2019.

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