The Nine Inch Nails duo have become prolific composers for a wide range of film and TV projects in recent years. Reznor and Ross won an Oscar and a Golden Globe for their score for 2010’s The Social Network and composed the intro for AMC’s Fear The Walking Dead.
Showrunner Damon Lindelof took to social media to post the announcement:
“For 30 years, we’ve known what Watchmen looks like… but what does It SOUND like? I called HBO while we were still writing the pilot and begged them to consider pursuing the brilliant Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross as composers. “That’s so weird… “ HBO responded, “They just called US asking about Watchmen.” Turns out Trent and Atticus are as big fans of the original masterwork as I am of Trent and Atticus. Their music, from NIN to Social Network to Vietnam is original, visceral and deeply emotional. And so, it is with great excitement and gratitude for the thermodynamic miracle that brought us together to announce that Watchmen officially sounds like THEM.”
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. It stars Regina King, Jeremy Irons, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Andrew Howard, Tom Mison, Frances Fisher, Jacob Ming-Trent, Sara Vickers and Dylan Schombing.
Lindelof is exec producing Watchmen alongside Nicole Kassell, Tom Spezialy, Stephen Williams and Joseph Iberti. Kassell also directs the pilot, and Williams directs other episodes. The series is produced by White Rabbit in association with Warner Bros. Television.