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Oscar-Winner Trent Reznor To Score And Act In ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER!

Nordling here.

I've been following this project with some interest, as I thought the book ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER was pretty damn good.  It delves into the Lincoln biography with some intelligence and the mixing of history with fantasy works in Seth Grahame-Smith's novel.  I'm really curious to see what Timur Bekmambetov's film's going to look like - the cast so far (Benjamin Walker, Dominic Cooper, Anthony Mackie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead) is impressive, and now it looks like Trent Reznor's going to be doing the score, according to Badass Digest.

Not only that, but he's going to act in the film as well.  According to the article, he'll be the vampire that kills Abraham Lincoln's mother, setting the entire plot into motion.  I love Reznor and his music, but honestly, it was only a matter of time before he started drinking the blood of the populace.  We could have called this after PRETTY HATE MACHINE.  Seriously, can't wait for this film - I enjoyed the book very much and I'm looking forward to this movie.  Congratulations on Trent Reznor's well-deserved Oscar. 

Nordling, out.

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  • March 3, 2011, 1:43 p.m. CST

    trent reznor as zombie john wilkes booth.

    by Orion

  • March 3, 2011, 1:49 p.m. CST

    Killed his Mother...

    by professor murder

    Thanks for the Spoiler warning

  • March 3, 2011, 1:50 p.m. CST

    Am I the only who wasn't impressed The Social Network score?

    by seasider

    It reminded me of one of Clint Eastwood's attempts at composing music. It's not bad, just not Oscar worthy in my opinion.

  • March 3, 2011, 1:52 p.m. CST

    by Teddy Artery

    Reznor could definitely fit into that 'early America' look. If it's a short scene, who's complaining?

  • March 3, 2011, 1:58 p.m. CST

    The movie's score will be more moody tones then? How'd he win an Oscar?

    by SirGaryColeman

    Was it his name or the hype around the movie? That movie in general was a hype machine. Did people like it because it was about something they use (facebook)? A good movie, but not worthy of it's nominations.

  • March 3, 2011, 1:58 p.m. CST

    Every time Reznor looks at his Oscar, he thinks...

    by RedEgiraahgnal

    ..."Man, I'm glad that Daft Punk weren't nominated."

  • March 3, 2011, 2 p.m. CST

    Ooooo, Winstead's in this?!

    by WriteForTheEdit

    Nice! I have got such a thing for her. (Wasn't enough to get me to see "Scott Pilgrim..., but still.)

  • March 3, 2011, 2:04 p.m. CST

    Why WASN'T Daft Punk nominated?

    by rev_skarekroe

    Is it because they're a "band"? If the score was credited to "Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter" instead would they have gotten in? Similarly, if The Social Network score was credited to "Nine Inch Nails" instead of "Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross" would they have missed out on a nomination?

  • March 3, 2011, 2:07 p.m. CST

    Daft Punk wasn't nominated because:

    by D Ropaela

    Fuck "Tron: Legacy."

  • March 3, 2011, 2:11 p.m. CST

    Rev Skarekroe

    by lecter1914

    Two Words: Three Six Mafia

  • March 3, 2011, 2:12 p.m. CST

    The vampire that killed Abe's mom...

    by Mr Soze

    Was a fat slob...Reznor should be Edgar Allen Poe...

  • March 3, 2011, 2:21 p.m. CST

    social network score was fantastic

    by Billy_D_Williams

    totally deserved to win...too bad about daft punk. very odd snub.

  • March 3, 2011, 2:26 p.m. CST


    by syn_flood

    He will use more than a 6-note piano theme ad-verbatim...

  • March 3, 2011, 2:28 p.m. CST

    Also, Tron Legacy wasn't nominated...

    by syn_flood

    ... because it was a generic synth score with a bland theme.

  • March 3, 2011, 2:30 p.m. CST

    tron legacy score was fantastic

    by Billy_D_Williams

    generic and bland? i dont think so.

  • March 3, 2011, 2:32 p.m. CST

    Sounds cool

    by bottombrick

    Social network score was pretty minimal but fit the material, I could see him having some fun with this.

  • March 3, 2011, 2:50 p.m. CST

    Regardless of whether or not Daft Punk was nominated

    by Richard

    How to Train your Dragon got robbed!! Oscar voters no doubt voted for Reznor to feel cool about themselves.

  • March 3, 2011, 2:52 p.m. CST


    by Batguy

    I totally agree! It's nothing special. Zimmer should have won.

  • March 3, 2011, 2:53 p.m. CST

    bottombrick nailed it

    by Billy_D_Williams

    just because a score is minimal, doesn't mean its not oscar worked perfectly with the film, which is why it won the oscar

  • for the Social network. Over Hans Zimmer. Whose Inception score was emotional, thrilling and ...wait for it... ORIGINAL! Fuck the Oscars

  • March 3, 2011, 2:54 p.m. CST

    Who knew Trent Reznor was so short

    by MooseMalloy

    -- no wonder he was so angry in the 90's. Also, Daft Punk should have been nominated but too many older academy voters only heard the more "singles" influenced tracks and probably didn't bother to listen to the more conventional "score-like" pieces. I mean come on now -- Raves have been going on for over 20 years now!

  • March 3, 2011, 3:01 p.m. CST

    Rewatched The Prestige last night and although I don't know this material,

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    too bad Nolan will be tied up not to direct this. I love his use of period detail and his favorite cinematographer. Just enough without overdoing it. Will Bekmambetov use his usual RedBull on crack methods to direct this?

  • March 3, 2011, 3:12 p.m. CST


    by Olorin.the.Grey

  • March 3, 2011, 3:17 p.m. CST

    post 0

    by darth_hideous

    That Nine Inch Nails guy is writing the score for an Abraham Lincoln biopic! Sounds exciting!

  • "Face the face, you've got to, face the face." <p> That shit was embarrassing. What was that?

  • March 3, 2011, 3:26 p.m. CST

    It's not that Daft Punk didn't win an Oscar...

    by nostairway

    It's that they weren't even nominated! Look at the competition. Other than the Social Network and Inception, do you think any of those other movies will be remembered for their score? In my opinion Daft Punk's score was practically one of the lead actors in the film because it was so prominent, and in a good way. The main point of my rant is that there should be an age restriction on Academy voters. Maybe 65. Or take away their vote if they haven't done anything in 25 years or so to keep the votes from skewing toward the bluehairs.

  • March 3, 2011, 3:34 p.m. CST


    by Mel

    God damn this is getting annoying. ITS A SOUNDTRACK, NOT A SCORE. A score is a big ass book of orchestral parts all lined up vertically so that the orchestra conductor can see all the parts laid out when he's conducting the orchestra. That's why it's called a score - that's what the conductor reads from. Trent Reznor just lays down tracks in Pro Tools with a synthesizor. How is that anything like a score? It's a soundtrack.

  • March 3, 2011, 3:40 p.m. CST


    by Dharma4


  • March 3, 2011, 3:40 p.m. CST


    by goodguy

    it will also star Jimmi Simpson.

  • March 3, 2011, 3:46 p.m. CST

    It IS a score!

    by Batguy

    Anything that goes under a film that provides incidental music and does not exist as a separate piece is a score.

  • March 3, 2011, 3:47 p.m. CST


    by Morte_Bea_Arthur

    no doubt. There should be two categories. As good as Gustavo Santaolalla's "score" for Brokeback Mountain was, it was apples to John William's Memoirs of a Geisha orange's. There's just a different level of craftsmanship.

  • March 3, 2011, 3:49 p.m. CST

    With the state of public school education in this country...

    by kidicarus

    13 year olds will probably watch this and think it's a true story. How pathetic that we as a society have to resort to these childish reimaginings (like 300) to appreciate history.

  • March 3, 2011, 3:54 p.m. CST

    Speaking of education

    by proevad

    Was talking to a 30 year old man the other day who didn't know that human beings had walked on the moon. He said " I thought something went wrong with the ship and they couldn't land". Honestly wanted to slap him.

  • March 3, 2011, 3:56 p.m. CST

    Liked the Reznor score

    by proevad

    It sounded like something off of his album Ghosts, which is a good thing.

  • March 3, 2011, 4:01 p.m. CST

    Daft Punk wasn't nominated because...

    by Bill

    The academy didn't want two guys dressed as robots walking on stage to accept the award. Fact.

  • March 3, 2011, 4:05 p.m. CST


    by proevad

    plus, cuz no one saw the movie it was scored for.

  • March 3, 2011, 4:16 p.m. CST

    No More Vampire Flicks Please

    by D o o d


  • March 3, 2011, 4:19 p.m. CST


    by D o o d

    and don't forget that Tron Legacy was an overhyped pile of shit. No matter how good a job Daft Punk did on the music for the movie, you can't ignore the fact that the movie was so bad you just have to exclude it from any awards ceremony!

  • March 3, 2011, 4:30 p.m. CST

    batguy - that is incorrect

    by Mel

    The word "score" has absolutely NOTHING to do with a film. Go to your local high school or college and go to the band department and ask the band director to see a "score" and he's going to hand you a binded section of music for his marching band/orchestra - and tell me, what "film" are they recording that music for? Since you claim a "score" is music in a film.

  • March 3, 2011, 4:32 p.m. CST

    Don't get me wrong, I'm not ripping their music..

    by Mel

    I think the Social Network had some cool music in it - it was very fitting, but to put Trent Reznor in the same category as guys like John Williams just seems insulting to John Williams. It's like all those actors who write children's books and become New York Times best selling authors - is Mick Foley in the same league with Stephen King? Hell no, but they're both best selling authors.

  • March 3, 2011, 4:38 p.m. CST

    proevad, you should have smacked him good. I would

    by Squinty CGI Flynn

  • March 3, 2011, 4:47 p.m. CST

    oscar worthy...NOT


    The epic score from HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON was the best score of the year and should have won the Academy Award. Instead, like so many other times over the years, they award it to the wrong film. Oh well...maybe next year..............

  • March 3, 2011, 4:53 p.m. CST


    by Dignan666

    This is bullshit.

  • March 3, 2011, 5 p.m. CST

    Starring Academy Award Winner Trent Reznor

    by SilentP

    I wonder if they'll advertise it like that, lol.

  • March 3, 2011, 5:49 p.m. CST

    Jonny Greenwood

    by proevad

    Needs to get busy on a new film. Would like to see him on that stage one day. Now we know it's possible. But first, I would like to see Williams win another one.

  • March 3, 2011, 5:51 p.m. CST

    swivile bobble fizz fizz

    by proevad

    Too old to go after individuals any more. I like going after entire subjects on here, but flame wars aren't my style.

  • March 3, 2011, 5:59 p.m. CST


    by Judge Briggs

    I have been a HUGE fan of Trent Reznor for at least 15 years now. In fact, right before I left before Peace Corps, I flew outto Nevada to see Nine Inch Nails perform- as I was making my through the lobby, lo behold there was Reznor! I was able to introduce myself to him and get a picture. Seriously one of the best days of my life. : )

  • March 3, 2011, 6:32 p.m. CST

    Tron not nominated due to timing?

    by Bouncy X

    i have no clue when the cut-off date is so i'm sure someone here will know and answer but....i figured the movie wasnt nominated for anything because it came too late. it started in mid december so i just figured it was passed whatever date they had for 2011. so if it were to be nominated for anything, we'd see it at next year's awards.

  • March 3, 2011, 7:22 p.m. CST

    Bouncy X

    by NightoftheLivingGibbs

    I think Tron Legacy's score was nominated for the Golden Globe--thus eligible for awards season. Love NIN, so more Trent is good for me. I was surprised though that the Social Network score got nominated though, as it contains interpolation from NIN's previous Ghost album during different parts of the score.

  • March 3, 2011, 7:56 p.m. CST

    Still pissed off.

    by Darkman

    THE SOCIAL NETWORK was second only to SCOTT PILGRIM as my favorite movie of last year, but I'm still pissed as hell that the (term used as loosely as can be imagined) score beat out more deserving works like HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON and INCEPTION. <br><br> I can't imagine anyone who likes good film music not being upset and/or disappointed by this incident. To those who support this win or think it was well-deserved: you are as high as a fucking kite and I don't need, much less care for, your quote-unquote 'opinions'.

  • March 3, 2011, 8:05 p.m. CST

    TRON music was like INCEPTION but better

    by CountryBoy

    Also -- TIMUR is directing this?! It doesn't seem his speed (literally) at all. Also -- Moratorium on vampire crap! Geez! It's not enough Jonah Hill's doing a vampire/zombie/alien movie, now this? We won't escape this exhausted trope for YEARS now!

  • March 3, 2011, 9:33 p.m. CST

    Worst Oscar-winning film score

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    E V E R

  • March 3, 2011, 9:39 p.m. CST


    by Batguy

    Yes, that is a score. Score is also a verb. It has been used since the early days of sound pictures to describe the writing of music specifically for the background of a film. For instance, Bernard Herrmann scored several Hitchcock films. It is also correct to say that he wrote a score for the film. The term is NOT exclusive to the manuscript. Signed, a professional musician

  • March 3, 2011, 10:25 p.m. CST

    All I know is this:

    by Fuzzyjefe

    Trent Reznor has probably scored more than ANY of us. On any given night.

  • March 3, 2011, 10:46 p.m. CST

    Tron Legacy: Best film score of 2010

    by Badger23

    Not even being nominated: Horseshit

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  • March 4, 2011, 2:50 a.m. CST


    by mrfantomashawk

    Trent hasnt used pro tools since the fragile, he uses mostly manual manipulation of analog equipment, like seen in this youtube video (thats his wife's hands)

  • March 5, 2011, 7:25 a.m. CST

    Social Network: Worst film music in years

    by m_prevette

    I love electronic scores ( and YES, film music is referred to as the score, film composers use the term Score, I am Scoring the film etc; it has become the accepted term, so if one doesn't like it one can be stuffed) but The Social Network was not a good one. Tangerine Dream's Thief, Zimmer's Inception, there you get brilliant electronic movie music. Social Network...horrible droning that failed to enhance the movie, support the mood or drama. It was the same as when Eminem got an was a joke award so the Academy votes could feel Hip

  • March 6, 2011, 12:30 p.m. CST

    Daft Punk are overrated

    by Suskis

    Daft Punk's music is BORING as hell: the same loop goes on and on forever. The Social Network has an innovative soundtrack and the oscar is well deserved. Tron Legacy, btw, was a bad movie (I can't remember anything worth saving) and the videoclip moments with Daft Punk score just showed the emptyness of the flick.

  • March 6, 2011, 6:26 p.m. CST

    no Reznors score was subtly brilliant, 'drones' and all

    by Smack_Teddy

    I really like Daft Punks score, but have to admit i havn't seen the film yet! The reviews left me cynical to it being anything more than a visual-fetish exercise with very weak story and characters. To the best of my memory here, only the infamous Asimov_Lives seems to have adored it.

  • March 7, 2011, 5:06 a.m. CST

    Uninformed stupidity...

    by Neversin

    dharma4 said: "Hey, let's give the Oscar to an asshole who just rehased old NIN tracks for the Social network. Over Hans Zimmer. Whose Inception score was emotional, thrilling and ...wait for it... ORIGINAL!" Sure... Hans Zimmer was so original that he had to rehash a NIN track for the ending of "Inception"... Not to mention rip off NIN for his TDK Score and even admitting it... And fuck that lame Daft Punk score...