HBO announced today that the Oscar and Golden Globe-winning Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross of Nine Inch Nails are set to compose the music for Damon Lindelof’s upcoming Watchmen series, which debuts in 2019.
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross began working together as film composers on David Fincher’s The Social Network. Reznor and Ross earned an Oscar and a Golden Globe for the film’s score. Again teaming with Fincher, Reznor and Ross wrote an original score for the American remake of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. The 39-track album won a Grammy for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media. The duo also scored Fincher’s 2014 adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s novel Gone Girl.
In 2016, they teamed up with Gustavo Santaolalla and Mogwai to create original music for Before the Flood, a feature documentary from longtime environmental advocate Leonardo DiCaprio and actor/filmmaker/Oscar-winning documentary producer Fisher Stevens (The Cove, Racing Extinction). Following that project, Reznor and Ross wrote the original score for the Boston Marathon bombing film, Patriots Day, and last year Reznor and Ross collaborated with celebrated documentary filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick on a docuseries that chronicled an historic era of war and tension paralleling today’s America, in The Vietnam War.
The prolific duo will continue to reveal new projects throughout the year and into 2019, beginning with a musical contribution to the film mid90s, written and directed by (2-time Oscar nominated actor) Jonah Hill. The film is scheduled for release on October 19th through A24.
Set in an alternate history where “superheroes” are treated as outlaws, Watchmen embraces the nostalgia of the original groundbreaking graphic novel while attempting to break new ground of its own.
The Watchmen cast includes Regina King, Jeremy Irons, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Andrew Howard, Tom Mison, Frances Fisher, Jacob Ming-Trent, Sara Vickers, and Dylan Schombing.
Damon Lindelof is the writer and executive produces with Nicole Kassell, Tom Spezialy, Stephen Williams, and Joseph Iberti. Watchmen is produced for HBO by White Rabbit in association with Warner Bros. Television, based on characters from DC.