When it comes to in demand film composers, few are more wanted than Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor and his creative partner Atticus Ross.
The pair recently worked on HBO’s “Watchmen” and did music for “Waves,” “Earthquake Bird,” and next year’s Pixar film “Soul”. Another job was doing the score for the troubled Amy Adams-led and Joe Wright-directed thriller “The Woman in The Window”.
In an interview with Revolver, Reznor spoke about one of his past works saying his work on Netflix’s smash hit “Bird Box” was a waste of time and criticising the way their music was used:
“When we got immersed in it, it felt like some people were phoning it in. And you’re stuck with a film editor who had real bad taste. That’s kind of our barricade to getting stuff in the film. And the final icing on the shit cake was we were on tour when they mixed it. And they mixed the music so low, you couldn’t hear it anyway. So it was like, that was a … [Laughs] That was a f–king waste of time. Then we thought, no one’s going to see this fucking movie. And, of course, it’s the hugest movie ever in Netflix.”
Reznor then revealed that he and Ross are no longer doing the “Woman in The Window” score, the pair bowed out after the film’s infamous negative test screening reaction led to the project undergoing extensive reshoots and becoming a whole different film.
As a result, Reznor and Ross departed with Reznor saying: ”There’s no animosity on our end. It’s frustrating when you did that much work and it’s gone. And we were proud – and they were proud – of the movie that it was.” Instead, Danny Elfman is taking over scoring duties on the film which now opens May 15th 2020.
Reznor and Ross will next work on the score for David Fincher’s “Mank” which is currently filming.