Published Sep 28, 2010We first heard that Nine Inch Nails would be developing their album Year Zero into a television series way back in 2007, but we had long since given up hope that it would actually be happening. That all changed today (September 28), however, as mastermind Trent Reznor revealed that the show is still going ahead.
"We are in pre-production with HBO and BBC [Worldwide Productions] to do a miniseries," Reznor told the Los Angeles Times. "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."
Year Zero is a concept album set in a dystopian future, as the United States reinvents itself as a Christian theocracy following a series of major terrorist attacks. The album has already inspired an alternate reality game.
Reznor explained, "Our writer is Daniel Knauf from Carnivàle and he's busy with pages right now and revising the overall world Bible. It's been an interesting collaborative effort but I've learned that [television development] moves at a glacial pace."
Yes, you read that right - the show will have its own Bible. There's no word on when Year Zero will air, but we do know that it will be produced by Lawrence Bender (Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs) and Kelly Brown (Roswell).
Reznor has been busy in the world of film and TV as of late. We recently heard some cuts from his soundtrack to The Social Network.
Thanks to Pitchfork/the NIN Hotline for the tip.