If it wasn’t already obvious, I love anything related to Trent Reznor. Nine Inch Nails, How To Destroy Angels, The Social Network film score with Atticus Ross; Trent’s been on a roll since he’s kicked drugs, going from depressingly goth to a forward thinking hero of geeks everywhere.

I’ll go as far as saying Year Zero is my favorite Nine Inch Nails record ever. Everything about this album was perfect: the concept was interesting, featuring an enthralling and brilliantly executed viral marketing campaign/alternate reality game. Not to mention, the music was absolutely amazing.

Not long after the album’s release, Trent threw around ideas about making Year Zero into some sort of miniseries or even a film, but nothing ever panned out and talk of the project died out. That was of course, until Trent spoke to the LA Times, saying that he is moving forward with the Year Zero miniseries. I think my heart suddenly picked up the pace.

“We are in [the development phase of] pre-production with HBO and BBC [Worldwide Productions] to do a miniseries,” Reznor said Monday. “It’s exciting. I probably shouldn’t say too much about it except that I understand that 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.”

Click through to the article at LA Times to read more mouthwatering details. I’ll wait.

Everything about this shows heaps of promise. HBO have, arguably, the best original programming around, with Bored To Death, Eastbound and Down, and Boardwalk Empire dominating my weekend DVR schedule. Add to that, a series based on one of my favorite concept albums of all time, and you have something worth turning on the TV for. The show airing on HBO means the writers have free range in terms of content; it’s not like HBO are likely to censor anything. And assuming Trent is closely involved with the show’s creation, the series adaptation will likely stay true to the record’s concept.

It really goes without saying, but it would be a bit disappointing if Trent doesn’t personally score the show. Obviously, the building blocks are all there, with both Year Zero and the remix album. It isn’t like Trent to ever half-ass anything, and judging by The Social Network, he can certainly create a soundtrack. Hell, best case scenario: perhaps this could bring about the oft thought about Year Zero 2? One could only hope my wild speculations could come to fruition.

I’ll leave you with the video for the album’s third track, “Survivalism.” I couldn’t find the uncensored video. Apparently YouTube won’t keep the version with gay sex in it. Go figure.


– JR

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