When Nine Inch Nails released their high-concept, anti-Dubya album Year Zero in 2007, frontman Trent Reznor fueled the fire with ideas about how its story arc would further unfold. The album, backed by a very rich Alternate Reality Game (or “publicity stunt”, as some prefer), was rumored for a long time to have a sequel coming in the form of a TV series. Now, we finally have definitive confirmation.
In an interview with the LA Times, mastermind Trent Reznor said that he is “in pre-production with HBO and BBC America to do a miniseries.” The show is to be produced by Lawrence Bender (who produced Quentin Tarantino films like Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs and the recent Inglourious Basterds) and Kevin Kelly Brown (executive producer of the sci-fi show Roswell). As for writing duties, Daniel Knauf, mastermind behind the HBO series Carnivàle, was hired.
However, Trent was cautious as to not get NIN fans too excited at the moment, explaining, “I probably shouldn’t say too much about it except that I understand that there’s a thousand hurdles before anything shows up in your TV listing. It’s been an interesting and very educational process and it cleared the HBO hurdle a few months ago and now we’re writing drafts back and forth. So it’s very much alive and incubating at the moment.” He made his point even clearer by saying that TV development “moves at a glacial pace.”
Regardless of the long time this will surely take to get made, it’s most certainly happening. Given the recent surge of pretty-awesome HBO shows (Boardwalk Empire, anyone?), we’re keeping our expectations relatively high.
In other Reznor-related news, the soundtrack for the movie The Social Network that he created with Atticus Ross is available now on Amazon, for 3 bucks.