Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross to Score Boston Marathon Bombing Movie Patriots Day
When the brain trust behind How to Destroy Angels and latter-day Nine Inch Niles, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, began to score films for director David Fincher, the collaboration made sense: Fincher is known for making nihilistic movies like Seven and Fight Club, and Reznor and Ross are known for making nihilistic songs like “Every Day is Exactly the Same” and “A Drowning.” It turned out, to the surprise of no one, that the kids who only wore black in high school get along.
Considerably more surprising: for the first time, Reznor and Ross have been hired to score a film not directed by Fincher… and that film is Patriots Day, an upcoming movie about the Boston marathon bombing from the director and star of Lone Survivor and the just-released Deepwater Horizon.
Unfortunately, the trailer, which was attached to Horizon this past weekend, is not currently available online. But if you’re familiar with director Peter Berg and star Mark Wahlberg’s previous collaborations, you can probably anticipate the general tone and feel of the movie. The duo’s niche is sincere biopics about blue collar Americans behaving heroically under extraordinary circumstances. Deepwater Horizon is a pretty good movie, but it’s the kind of film that take times to include a shot of an American flag against a backdrop of fire while elegiac music swells on the soundtrack. In other words: Patriots Day seems way out of Reznor and Ross’ wheelhouse.
Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing! Reznor and Ross’ film scores tend to be on the more subdued side, which Berg’s movie could use (see: the aforementioned shot of an American flag). And Berg’s movies ultimately tend to be uplifting, and Reznor and Ross’ scores could certainly use some uplift. So the partnership may work out.
We’ll find out soon enough: Patriots Day is scheduled for release on December 21. If we’re really, really lucky, maybe it will feature the Nine Inch Nails/Marky Mark team-up about which we’ve always dreamed.