Trent Reznor Discusses Working with Pixar
The news that Reznor & Ross — the duo behind Nine Inch Nails, not the law firm — would be scoring a new Pixar movie called Soul caught a lot of us off-guard. It’s just hard to imagine Trent Reznor, the guy who conceived of “Happiness in Slavery” and “Starfuckers, Inc.,” working on a kids’ movie, even if it is from the people who make the best kids’ movies in the world.
So, understandably, Rolling Stone recently asked Reznor whether or not it’s “strange to be working on a Pixar movie.” To which Reznor replied…
“I read something about someone like Robert De Niro years ago — maybe it wasn’t him and maybe he didn’t say it — but someone ask, ‘What’s your take on this movie you’re making?’ He goes, ‘I haven’t even seen the end result. I’m not doing it for that. I’m doing it for the process of doing it.’ And I thought that was kind of odd. Then what I found in my own life is that by taking on these scoring projects, for us, it’s not, ‘How’d it do at the box office?’ or ‘What was the Rotten Tomatoes score?’ It’s nice if it does well. But being in the trenches, collaborating with someone new, learning from them, fighting with them, figuring out their process — that’s the exciting stuff, especially when it’s someone you resonate with. That’s true with [‘Watchmen’ showrunner] Damon Lindelof.
“So someone said, ‘Are you interested in working on an animated film with Pixar?’ Yeah, I don’t think anybody does animation better than they do. And we end up meeting with [Pixar’s chief creative officer] Pete Docter, and he’s what you hope he would be. It feels very authentic, it feels very exciting and it’s very, very different from anything else we’ve ever done, from the way they do it to how they think about it. And we’re a risky choice for them, so that makes it very appealing. Can we do something like that? That means us working out of our comfort zone. It’s early days but it’s been really cool.”
Reznor went on to joke that “We’ll see if we can taint Pixar and darken them up.” At least, I think he was joking. Maybe he has some Fight Club-style semi-subliminal shit planned for the Soul score. It’s not like people haven’t gotten bizarre shit past the Disney bosses before.