Last year, there were a couple of news reports seriously discussing an HBO series based on Nine Inch Nails’ epic concept album Year Zero; Trent Reznor pitched the idea to the network- It went “great,” and Quentin Tarantino’s long time partner Lawrence Bender was attached as producer.
As excited as we were, a well-received pitch doesn’t mean a whole lot in this town, and the exchange rate for the proverbial birds in hands versus those in bushes is astronomical these days.
In April, Trent Reznor posted a cryptic Twitter update that simply said “YZ is alive.” This was after a tease about a certain thing he couldn’t talk about just yet. He more recently fielded a question during a Digg Dialog session, where he danced around what seems to be some sort of HBO-enforced gag order.
Since then, we’ve been digging around, and while we have been able to confirm that the series was green-lighted, our sources at HBO continue to claim to know nothing at all about it.
Today, Twitter-holic Dave Navarro got our hopes up when he claimed to find a DVD labeled “Year Zero Pilot Episode / HBO” in his hotel mailbox. However, when we called HBO’s VP of Publicity for more details, she told us that no Year Zero pilot exists. And she “would definitely know” if one did. We’re pretty sure Dave was just fucking around.
Only time will tell if Year Zero will be a reality, or the new Tapeworm Project, the butt of jokes, and cheap pranks like Dave’s. But we still consider it a real possibility, and that’s pretty exciting in and of itself.
MORE NON-NEWS: Twitter buddy Fernando has pointed out this tweet by Rob Sheridan of the NIN camp, that surely inspired Navarro’s shenanigans. All of this is of course going down on the NIN / Jane’s Addiction tour.