Industrial Rock Legends Score HBO’s Watchmen



Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross Watch The Watchmen


HBO announced Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross of Nine Inch Nails will compose the music for their upcoming Watchmen television series. Damon Lindelof of The Leftovers produces.

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Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross to Compose Music for HBO’s ‘Watchmen’ Series
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Watchmen is one of the greatest comics ever written. Famously, the comic ends with a psychic attack orchestrated by Ozymandias. The attack united the world against a common enemy and ended anti-superhero sentiment. However, it also created a power vacuum Ozymandias eagerly filled. Yes, the anti-superhero movement toppled, but at a greater-than-necessary cost. It is a wonderfully downbeat moment and leaves a lasting impression on readers. The perfection of Watchmen‘s ending makes it a complete story. However, the characters and world are so richly detailed that playing in the Watchmen sandbox is tempting for many creators.

Lost producer Damon Lindelof feels he is the right man for the job. Next year, he brings a new Watchmen television series to HBO. However, the show is not a direct sequel or adaptation of the classic graphic novel. Instead, Lindelof stated the show takes place in an alternate history where superheroes are treated as outlaws. Treating Watchmen as an idea rather than a singular story is an interesting idea. But the book requires certain staples in order to feel like Watchmen.

The Soundtrack to a Crumbling Utopia

Industrial Rock Legends Score HBO's WatchmenCentral to the series’s success is the music. The original graphic novel uses song lyrics and pieces of poetry as ominous codas to its chapter. Most notably, Bob Dylan’s Desolation Row sets the tone for the book. Director Zack Snyder even had My Chemical Romance cover the song for his 2009 adaptation. So Damon Lindelof tapped two of modern music’s most brilliant minds to score Watchmen—Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.

Reznor and Ross are members of the band Nine Inch Nails. The industrial rock outfit helped define rock and roll following Nirvana’s rise to stardom in the ’90s. But in their spare time, the duo craft incredible film scores. For instance, David Fincher’s The Social Network found its lifeblood in Reznor and Ross’s score. Eventually, the duo won an Oscar for their work on The Social Network. Furthermore, the pair scored every David Fincher project since. Their signature sound features ominous electronic beats and tones, lending a sense of foreboding to even the most mundane tasks. In short, Reznor and Ross are the perfect musicians to score something as devastating as Watchmen.

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MJ Smith makes his home in California, and when not listening to Hamilton, podcasts and writes about pop culture on the internet. He loves board games, Swamp Thing, and The Wachowski's SPEED RACER.

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