Although he claimed he was putting Nine Inch Nails in the deep-freeze, frontman
"I was planning on taking some time off after the continual waves of touring that ended last fall and spend this year experimenting around with what would become How to Destroy Angels and some new NIN," Reznor wrote on the Nine Inch Nails website, referring to HTDA, the band he started with his wife, Mariqueen Maandig. "Well, that plan didn't work out so well. David Fincher started inquiring about my interest in scoring his upcoming film, 'The Social Network.' Yeah, the movie about the founding of Facebook. I've always loved David's work but quite honestly I wondered what would draw him to tell that story."
Then Reznor, who has had an up-and-down/love-hate relationship with social-networking sites, said he read the script for the movie.
"When I actually read the script and realized what he was up to, I said goodbye to that free time I had planned," he explained. "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," Reznor said of composer/producer Ross, a frequent NIN collaborator. "Months later, I'm happy to tell you we're nearing the completion of this and I couldn't be happier with how it's turned out. The level of excellence that David operates on is inspiring and the entire process has been challenging and truly enjoyable."
He says the project, which could be one disc or two, will be ready in time for the film's October 1 opening. Reznor said he expects the album to be available several weeks before the movie's release, which, he noted, is "really f---ing good. And dark!"
While Reznor has contributed songs to soundtracks before, including David Lynch's "Lost Highway," this is the first time he's committed to recording an entire soundtrack. "The Social Network" tracks the rise of Facebook, from its inception in 2004 on the Harvard University campus, and stars Jessie Eisenberg, Justin Timberlake and Rashida Jones.
Are you excited to be getting Nine Inch Nails music in the form of Reznor's upcoming soundtrack? And when you think of Facebook, do you think NIN? Tell us what you think in the comments!