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Trent Reznor and HBO Moving Forward With ‘Year Zero’ Miniseries


It looks like Nine Inch Nails will be heading to a TV near you, in a somewhat unusual way. Trent Reznor is working with HBO and BBC Worldwide Production to develop a sci-fi miniseries based off of the band’s 2007 record, ‘Year Zero.’

“We are in [the development phase of] pre-production with HBO and BBC to do a miniseries,” Reznor told the Los Angeles Times. “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 moths ago and now we’re writing drafts back and forth. So it’s very much alive and incubating.”

As Spinner previously reported, Reznor revealed that the band was in talks with HBO in 2008 about using the ‘Year Zero’ to inspire a “two-year limited series” that would be set 15 to 20 years in the future.

Reznor has apparently teamed up with a bunch of TV and film heavyweights including producers Lawrence Bender (‘Pulp Fiction,’ ‘Inglourious Basterds’) and Kevin Kelly Brown (‘Roswell’).

“BBC [Worldwide Productions] was the first to show interest and came on as the studio,” Reznor explained. “Our writer is Daniel Knauf from ‘Carnivàle’ and he’s busy with pages right now and revising the overall world Bible. It’s been an interesting collaborative effort but I’ve learned that [television development] moves at a glacial pace.”

This is only one of many projects under Reznor’s belt. Aside from his band, How to Destroy Angels with wife Mariqueen Maandig, he also scored the upcoming film ‘The Social Network.’