Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails, fresh off winning an Oscar for the score to “The Social Network”, besides scoring more movies, has lined up another film job — and this time he’ll be acting as well. Reznor will write the music for the upcoming film “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter”, and will also play the role of a vampire who kills Lincoln’s mother. The movie is based on the “mash-up” novel by Seth Grahame Smith, in which the secret history of Lincoln’s lifelong battle against vampires is revealed.
The film will be directed by Timur Bekmambetov, who also directed “Wanted” with Angelina Jolie.
Reznor and collaborator Atticus Ross, who worked with him on “The Social Network” score, are also writing the music for “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo”, due out in December from “The Social Network” director David Fincher.
Reznor, Ross and Reznor’s wife Mariqueen Maandig are also readying a new project from their band How To Destroy Angels. Reznor revealed that, contrary to reports, How to Destroy Angel’s debut full length has not been finished. “We’ve been working since last summer on it and are due to mix it this summer for a fall release. We’ve spent a lot of time experimenting and finding our own sound and identity this time around and we’re very happy with the results.”
Back on the film side, Reznor also cleared up last week’s big internet rumor that he had engaged in talks to score and star in adaptation of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.
“I am friends with Timur Bekmambetov. He’s an interesting and very talented director that caught my attention with his film Night Watch (check it out if you haven’t). He asked me if I was interested in scoring his new film he’s doing with Tim Burton entitled Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. I was familiar with the book, read the script and it felt like an interesting challenge as a composer — very different from the Fincher films. While discussing the film with Timur he started gently pressing me to play a small role in the film. The idea was a cameo-esque role that would be kept under wraps and be a surprise around opening night. I was considering this when I awoke a few days ago to the news I am now STARRING in ALVH (which is obviously not true). Fuck. We both apparently forgot the internet existed AND THERE ARE NO SURPRISES anymore.” “So… do me a favor and act surprised, OK?”
Reznor has also talked recently about putting out more Nine Inch Nails music. In a post on the Nine Inch Nail’s forum, Reznor explained, “the three columns of things I’m currently funneling music into — How to Destroy Angels, Nine Inch Nails and film work — I believe will start to make more sense to you (and me) as everything unfolds. By having a few different outlets for my work I’m finding more inspiration within each one.” Reznor then added that “Nine Inch Nails is not dead and I plan to focus on that next.”