Here's something you may have missed over the weekend: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, who scored David Fincher's last three films (and won an Academy Award for their work on The Social Network) have signed on to score Peter Berg's upcoming Boston Marathon bombing movie, Patriots Day.
As The Playlist points out, the dynamic duo are gonna have to work very hard if they want to earn another Oscar this year: the competition's gonna be stiff.
The Original Score category is already an intriguing play this season with a ton of relative newcomers such as La La Land‘s Justin Hurwitz, Moonlight‘s Nicholas Britell, Lion‘s Volker Bertelmann and Dustin O’Halloran and Jackie‘s Mica Levi all circling for a nomination.
Reznor and Ross coming onboard a non-Fincher project is interesting in and of itself (superfans will recall that the pair almost scored Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter back in 2011), but is notable for a few other reasons. For one thing, this makes Reznor's promise of "new Nine Inch Nails material in 2017" feel a lot like a longshot. For another, this is Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross scoring a Peter Berg/Mark Wahlberg movie about terrorism. That feels like a strange fit!
All of that said, a new Reznor/Ross score is always reason to celebrate, so let's not look a gift horse in the mouth. Patriots Day, starring Mark Wahlberg, Michelle Monaghan, John Goodman, Kevin Bacon, and J.K. Simmons will open in limited release on December 21st (where it'll be gunning for Oscar glory) before opening in a wide release on January 13th.
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