Two of my all-time favourite pop cultural entities are joining forces and it’s made my sleep-deprived Icelandic afternoon. After winning my intense excitement with the Todd Haynes+Kate Winslet=Mildred Pierce equation earlier this year, HBO is working with Lawrence Bender and Trent Reznor to develop a mini-series based on Nine Inch Nails’ “Year Zero” album! Says Reznor:
“We are in pre-production with HBO and BBC America to do a mini-series. 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.”
While my love for Reznor (which bordered on an unhealthy obsession in late 1990s/early 2000s) and Nine Inch Nails probably peaked over a decade ago when I slept outside a record store to buy “The Fragile,” it’s never completed faded. “Pretty Hate Machine” still plays in heavy rotation on my iPod, and I still daydream of the day that album is turned into a musical about a melodramatic gay boy finding himself (so what if that’s not really what it was about). While a “Year Zero” miniseries is no “Hate Machine” musical, this is still great news. And a nice follow-up to how much I loved Reznor’s “Social Network” score when I experienced it last week.
The video for “Survivalism,” the lead single off “Year Zero”: