Trent Reznor, Social Media Skeptic, Scores The Social Network

Colin Jones :: Friday, July 2nd, 2010 11:30 am

Trent Reznor, formerly of Nine Inch Nails, announced today on the NIN Feed that he and Atticus Ross are scoring the new Facebook movie from David Fincher, The Social Network. Yes, he had planned to spend time off. Yes, he has started an okay band with his wife called How To Destroy Angels. But being a a fan of Fincher’s he decided to score the movie anyway, even though he’s notoriously wary of social media—as far as we can tell Reznor is not on Facebook himself, and he has quit and rejoined Twitter at least 10 times so far.

But Reznor has come back to Twitter—after a month of radio silence—to announce his scoring of the film. Apparently Reznor was initially attracted to the project because of his Fincher fandom. He writes, “I’ve always loved David’s work, but quite honestly I wondered what would draw him to tell that story. When I actually read the script and realized what he was up to, I said goodbye to that free time I had planned. Atticus Ross and I have been on a creative roll so I asked him if he wanted to work on this with me and we signed on.”

Possibly reflecting his tortured relationship to social media, Reznor has said the finished film has an ominous tone. He writes, “Speaking of the film… it’s really fucking good. And dark!”

Perhaps Reznor’s involvement in the project will warm his relationship with social media. I’m not saying that when John Williams scored Jurassic Park he went and hung out with dinosaurs, but I’m sure he did some research.