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‘Watchmen’: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross to Compose Music for HBO Series

HBO has locked in the Oscar-winning duo behind "The Social Network" to compose original music for Damon Lindelof's 2019 series.

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Atticus Ross and Trent Reznor


As if Regina King’s Emmy win on Monday wasn’t enough, Damon Lindelof’s “Watchmen” series just got another prestige boost, this time courtesy of two new collaborators: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross have joined the HBO series as composers, pushing the award-winning duo ever closer to EGOT status.

Oscar and Golden Globe winners for “The Social Network,” Reznor and Ross also worked on each of director David Fincher’s following films, “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” and “Gone Girl” — the former of which won them a Grammy for Best Score Soundtrack for a Visual Medium.

Since then, the Nine Inch Nail musicians have crafted original pieces for Peter Berg’s “Patriots Day,” the 2016 documentary “Before the Flood,” and last year’s Ken Burns documentary series, “The Vietnam War.” Even more recently, Reznor and Ross contributed to Jonah Hill’s feature directorial debut, “Mid90s,” which is slated for an October 19 release.

“Watchmen” stars Regina King, Jeremy Irons, Don Johnson, and Tim Blake Nelson. After a successful pilot, HBO picked up the series for a full season and announced a 2019 release date. Inspired by the classic graphic novel, Damon Lindelof is the showrunner, as well as an executive producer alongside pilot director Nicole Kassell, “The Leftovers” EP Tom Spezialy, director Stephen Williams, and “Boardwalk Empire” producer Joseph Iberti.

The official logline for the series is as follows:

Set in an alternate history where “superheroes” are treated as outlaws, “Watchmen” embraces the nostalgia of the original groundbreaking graphic novel while attempting to break new ground of its own.

Lindelof took to Instagram to comment on the new hires, stating he contacted HBO while writing the pilot to ask if the network would consider Reznor and Ross for the series, only to find out they’d already asked to be involved. Lindelof called their music “original, visceral, and deeply emotional.” Check out the full post below:

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