Without question, one of the best soundtracks of last year was the Trent Reznor/Atticus Ross-composed score for The Social Network. Director David Fincher recognizes it too, as he'll be working with the duo once again on his next effort, an adaptation of Stieg Larsson's book The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
Reznor revealed the news during a public Q&A session for the New York Times' Times Talks series, where he appeared along with Ross and Fincher. Work has been underway on the score for about a month now, according to the Nine Inch Nails frontman.
"This one’s a bit different [of a process],” he said. "Well, different in some ways. The film is coming out Christmas of this year and they’re still doing principal photography. So, I had read the book, I had not got the script yet and I heard a few buzz words like 'ice' and Fincher writing [to me], 'I can’t write anymore my fingers are frozen.' And we spent—Atticus and I are going to work on this again—three weeks generating, with a new set of rules, it was completely blind with no feedback from David, stuff that I thought would be helpful for them to have. Because the way David works is that he’s the hi-tech guy of filmmaking and when he’s shooting digitally it’s also being sent back to his editors, and within a couple of days he can see mock-ups of scenes he just shot. And those guys are always looking for temp music to put in there, so I thought it would be a nice present to have—we sent them two hours of music."
Two hours of music already written, with no script or directorial guidance for backup. How cool is that? Reznor and Ross did exemplary work together on the Social Network score. Frankly, I'm sort of hoping Fincher decides not to use any of those two hours of music. Maybe then we'll get to hear it long before the December '11 release date set for Tattoo.
Probably not, but a guy can dream, right?