Briefly: Not a lot of info right now, but during a New York Times livestream interview with Trent Reznor, the musician revealed that he is scoring David Fincher‘s version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, and has been working on the film for about six weeks. He said to expect something different from his score for The Social Network, though things might change in the year before the film opens.

Right now there isn’t an archived version of the stream, but as soon as something is available we’ll update with more info. (At this point I can’t say with certainty whether this is again being written with Atticus Ross, with whom he worked on The Social Network, or not.) Big thanks to Breezy for the heads up on the interview.

(UPDATE: A recap on AntiQuiet confirms that Atticus Ross is working on the score — great news — and that Mr. Reznor described it as “focusing mostly on performances and an organic feel – more specifically, ‘nothing would be programmed’ and we’ll get to hear ‘his limited skills at stringed instruments.'”) Great news all around, and here’s hoping that the collaboration between Fincher, Reznor and Ross turns out more great work.

Much like the website it’s based on, The Social Network is turning into a juggernaut. David Fincher’s film about the rise of Facebook is beginning to gain serious award season momentum as it picked up Best Picture awards from the Boston, Los Angeles, New York, New York Online, Southeastern and Indiana Film Critics’ Associations as well as being named one of the top films by the American Film Institute along with the Houston, St. Louis and Broadcast Film Critics’ Associations.

If this domination continues though the Golden Globe nominations on Tuesday and Screen Actors Guild nominations on Thursday, The Social Network may be considered an almost insurmountable front runner in the race toward the Best Picture Oscar. Read More »

The Sound and Music of ‘The Social Network’

If David Chen’s indepth sountrack interview with Trent Reznor wasn’t enough (if you haven’t listened to it, click the link), our friends at the Soundworks Collection have published a 45-minute question and answer session with The Social Network music composers Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, alongside sound re-recording mixer, supervising sound editor Ren Klyce. The discussion was moderated by Bruce Carse on Sunday, November 7th, 2010 at the DGA Theater, Los Angeles, CA. Watch the Q & A embedded after the jump.

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Trent Reznor’s score for The Social Network (which he co-wrote with collaborator Atticus Ross) is a surprisingly perfect fit for a film about Harvard nerds who create the world’s largest online social network. With a deft combination of melancholy and grittiness, Reznor brings out the excitement of the times while infusing the proceedings with a sense of dread and foreboding. It’s one of my favorite soundtracks of the year, and I’d definitely recommend you check it out.

I had the privilege to chat with Reznor a couple days ago. In our 50-minute interview, we discuss how he first became involved in the project, his creative process for some of the tracks, and some of the challenges he faced achieving the right sound and feel for the film. We also preview some of the best tracks from the soundtrack, which is available for purchase/pre-order right now (today at Amazon for $2.99).

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social-network-soundtrackDavid Fincher’s The Social Network may be my favorite film of the year, but the score that Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross wrote for the film is also phenomenal. I had the chance to speak with Reznor yesterday for an exclusive, 50-minute interview, in which we discussed his creative process at length and previewed several of the best tracks from the score. That interview will go live on the site and on the /Filmcast tomorrow. In the meantime, for today and tomorrow only, Reznor and co. are offering the soundtrack at Amazon for the low, low price of $2.99.

I know it’s hard to buy a soundtrack before you’ve seen the film, but what’s great about this soundtrack is that it works completely as a standalone album. In my opinion, this is one of the best film scores of the year and at $2.99 for 19 tracks, you really can’t go wrong. I’d highly recommend it, so if you’re so inclined, skip that cup of Starbucks tomorrow and buy the album from Amazon. Make sure to come back here and let us know what you think in the comments.

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We’ve waited a very long time for Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails to score a major motion picture. (He oversaw the soundtracks and contributed music to films like Natural Born Killers and Lost Highway, but those weren’t full scores.)

That Reznor would score David Fincher‘s The Social Network seems somehow perfectly fitting. A film about the relationships and conflicts between the founders of Facebook, and by extension a film about the new social codes and media that bind so many of us, is possibly the most ideal fit for the musician whose music defined relationships for at least one generational subset.

Now, via his label The Null Corporation and Sony’s Madison Gate Records, Reznor will self-release the score that he and Atticus Ross wrote and performed for The Social Network. Today, a free five-track sampler is available online. Read More »

The Social Network

Columbia Pictures has launched the official website for David Finsher’s The Social Network at, and in doing so, have released 46 high resolution photos, both stills from the movie and promotional photos taken for the film. Check them out now, embedded after the jump. Click over to The Social Network website and you’ll hear music in the background, which just might be a piece of the score which was composed by Trent Reznor for the film. Just a guess…

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Trent Reznor Is Scoring The Social Network


If the recently released teaser trailer for David Fincher’s The Social Network didn’t turn your crank, maybe this news will: According to an announcement on the Nine Inch Nails‘ website news feed (via Pitchfork), Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross are writing the score for the film.
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Trent Reznor may have disbanded the touring version of Nine Inch Nails, but he recently said the project is not dead. And now, just as his new band How to Destroy Angels prepares to release its first material, there is a new track that is being labeled as by Nine Inch Nails. Even better, it is the scratchy, unusual end credits music for Shinya Tsukamoto‘s film Tetsuo: The Bullet Man.

There’s something all too appropriate about this, as early Nine Inch Nails videos owed a lot to Tsukamoto’s film Tetsuo: The Iron Man. It always seemed as if he and Reznor should be collaborating all the time. Now they have, and you can hear Reznor’s full track, the appropriately titled ‘Theme for Tetsuo: The Bullet Man.’ [Some Kind of Awesome, via Vulture]

The full track is after the break, along with the full version of the music from the Inception trailer. Read More »

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The dystopian future imagined by Trent Reznor is synergy-friendly. Some have argued that it’s cliche. The savvy Nine Inch Nails frontman tells the LA Times that he recently met with HBO about adapting the themes of his Year One concept album (and cultish alternate reality game) into an ambitious sci-fi series…

“I just pitched it to HBO two weeks ago in L.A. It went great. Ideally, we’re trying to get them to do a two-year limited series. I prefer that over a film. We would have a second ARG tying into the second album and ties into the series and they all happen together with a budget needed to pull that all off. There would be a tour down the road. The record completes the story, the ending that no one knows. I know what happens. I knew when I started it. And it’s not what people think. “

Reznor’s anti-Bush vision takes place in 2022, or as a totes-screwed America has labeled it, Year One. The government has brainwashed its citizens, done away with civil liberties and much of the landscape is in shambles. There’s also a lot of well-designed propaganda. The idea of a feature film or a TV show was conceptualized near the beginning according to Reznor, who says that writers are already attached. According to the NY Times, producer Lawrence Bender is seeing the series through.

Discuss: Reznor sounds pretty focused on this. Would you like to see a Year Zero series from HBO?