Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor and his longtime collaborator Atticus Ross have scored a new documentary on the Vietnam War by celebrated director Ken Burns.
The 10-part, 18-hour documentary is titled simply ‘The Vietnam War’ and will include around two hours of new music. The fresh material will feature alongside reworked versions of Nine Inch Nails songs and music taken from their work together on soundtracks for ‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’ and ‘The Social Network’, which earned them an Academy Award in 2011.
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Ken Burns is known for his long-form documentaries, perhaps most notably the Emmy Award winning 11-hour series on ‘The American Civil War’. His latest film will also feature hits from the era including tracks by The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan, as well as new music from Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble.
More recently, the soundtrack work of Trent Reznor has included scoring Leonardo DiCaprio’s climate change documentary ‘Before The Flood’, as well as a forthcoming movie on the Boston Marathon bombing titled ‘Patriots Day’ alongside Atticus Ross. Both men recently released a new Nine Inch Nails EP titled ‘Not The Actual Events’ and are also planning to release “two major works” in 2017.
Speaking to the New York Times about his work on ‘The Vietnam War’, Trent Reznor described the scale of project as “a bit daunting” but didn’t hesitate when it came to agreeing to score the film: “Not every opportunity to score a film feels like it’s an artistic endeavor. Rather than just accumulating projects, we’ve tried to select things that challenge us and feel exciting.”
The documentary is scheduled to air on PBS in the U.S. in September. You can watch a preview clip from the series below on the 1972 Christmas Bombings which features music by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.