Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross Pen Score for Ken Burns's Vietnam War Documentary
Published Jan 12, 2017As if Trent Reznor weren't already busy enough with his Nine Inch Nails revival, he's now signed on to yet another film score project with musical partner Atticus Ross. This time it will be for documentary filmmaker Ken Burns's upcoming project The Vietnam War.
Reznor and Ross have scored Burns's new series, the New York Times reports, with the pair gladly penning music for the 10-part, 18-hour PBS documentary series when they were approached by Burns's manger more than three years ago.
"I don't think he finished the sentence before I said, 'Yeah, we're in,'" Reznor told the Times. "That's a no-brainer."
According to Reznor, they requested "a laundry list of emotional settings that we could draw upon" for their musical work, and what they got from Burns and co-director Lynn Novick was a lot of "tension and fear."
Due to premiere in September, The Vietnam War will feature the resulting work from Reznor and Ross, which includes reworked sections of some Nine Inch Nails songs, as well as segments from their scores to The Social Network and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. In addition, the series will feature music from Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, along with classic rock tracks by the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and others.
Reznor and Ross's new film work, of course, follows the new Nine Inch Nails EP Not the Actual Events, as well as their recent scoring work for Before the Flood and the new Patriots Day, whose soundtrack sees digital release tomorrow (January 13).
You can get an idea what to expect from The Vietnam War via a clip below.
In some related news, Reznor also told the Times that a full-fledged Nine Inch Nails tour would be very unlikely in the near future, though they will play NYC's Panorama festival in July.