Trent Reznor NOT Involved With ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 13th, 2013 at 11:17 pm,

[Re-Re-Update: Trent Reznor has officially announced that he will not be involved with this project after all.]

[Re-Update: Trent Reznor himself has spoken. Does he confirm or squash this rumor? Scroll down for the official word.]

[Update: A 20th Century Fox representative has clarified the rumor. Scroll down for the full update.]

Newly minted Oscar-winner (and Severus Snape look-alike) Trent Reznor is already set to continue his career as a high-profile motion picture composer by reuniting with director David Fincher for his English-language adaptation of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.

Now the Nine Inch Nails creator is circling another project, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, with the intention of not only scoring the film, but starring in the historical horror adventure as well.

Badass Digest is the source for this news about Reznor, whose original songs have long been featured in darker fare, including Seven, Natural Born Killers, Final Destination – even an episode of Fringe on one occasion. The Goth musician tried his hand at a feature-length film soundtrack last year by collaborating with Atticus Ross on the ominous electronica score for The Social Network – ultimately netting an Academy Award in the process.

Reznor may not only be working on the Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter adaptation behind the scenes, but in front of the camera as well. He reportedly is in line to play the vampire who kills Lincoln’s mother and inspires the future 16th U.S. president to dedicate his life to the eradication of all bloody-hungry creatures of the night. It’s a small role, of course, and Reznor certainly has the pallid complexion to play a vampire onscreen, so… it’s all good by me.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter author Seth Grahame-Smith penned the film adaptation of his novel, and has spoken before about what he and Wanted director Timur Bekmambetov have in mind for the film version:

“We’re going to make it cool… we’re going to make it authentic and pretty incredibly action-packed. If you look at some of the sequences in ‘Wanted’, you know, cars flipping over sun roofs and bullets bending and people running around trains and all that stuff… and imagine that in the 1840s, you’re on the path to understanding what we’re trying to do with it.”

The combination of a shrieking, computer-based rock soundtrack by Reznor and Bekmambetov’s eye for over-the-top stylized violence certainly has the potential to make the Abraham Lincoln biopic/vampire thriller mashup an impressively stylish one. By and large a brainless one as well, but is anyone really expecting something more, based off the title?


A 20th Century Fox representative has confirmed that the studio is interested in Reznor scoring Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter as well as playing Jack Barts, the vampire who kills Lincoln’s mother. However, the quote clarifies that while the studio is pursuing Reznor, it’s unclear whether or not the musician is even interested in either offer.

Here’s the full quote – courtesy of EW:

“A spokesperson for 20th Century Fox confirms that the studio is currently negotiating to lure Reznor aboard, not only to supply the film’s music, but to play Jack Barts, the vampire who kills Lincoln’s mother and sets the hero on his path of righteous vengeance.”


…And here’s the final word from Trent Reznor himself, which confirms that he will indeed be scoring Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and also that the rumor of him having a cameo role in the film wasn’t off the mark, either:

And finally, I am friends with Timur Bekmambetov. He’s an interesting and very talented director that caught my attention with his film Night Watch (check it out if you haven’t). He asked me if I was interested in scoring his new film he’s doing with Tim Burton entitled “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter”. I was familiar with the book, read the script and it felt like an interesting challenge as a composer – very different from the Fincher films. While discussing the film with Timur he started gently pressing me to play a small role in the film. The idea was a cameo-esque role that would be kept under wraps and be a surprise around opening night. I was considering this when I awoke a few days ago to the news I am now STARRING in ALVH (which is obviously not true). Fuck. We both apparently forgot the internet existed AND THERE ARE NO SURPRISES anymore.
So… do me a favor and act surprised, OK?

That quote would indicate that Reznor will indeed concede to Bekmambetov’s wishes and make an appearance as a vamp in the film – though ironically enough he could back out of the role, now that the Internet has gone and spoiled the surprise. Stupid Internet ;-).

So there you have it, after all the drama and mudslinging between movie sites, it seems will see Trent Reznor’s stamp on Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter in some form or fashion. Good news in our book.

Re-Re-Update: Trent Reznor has made his final decision and… he’s neither scoring or making a cameo in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.

Here’s the FINAL word from Reznor himself:

Don’t believe everything you read. As it turns out, I WON’T be working on (acting or scoring) ALVH after all. There’s no juicy story here, it’s just that when the news mysteriously leaked out about my involvement I hadn’t made up my mind completely, because various aspects of the project were changing. I felt the need to say something earlier this week because my inbox was filling up with speculation, and at that moment I thought I would be doing it. Confused yet? Apparently I am.
Bottom line, I wish them the best with the film and I’m sure it will still be great.

Talk about much ado about nothing…

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter begins principal photography this month and will arrive in theaters next year on June 22nd.

Source: Badass Digest

Re-Update Source: Nine Inch Nails forums

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  1. IMO Reznor should stick to what he does best. Snorting coke.

    • Good thing that is only your opinion. I am a huge fan of Nine Inch Nails (they were my first and best concert), but Reznor did an amazing job with The Social Network. And snorting coke isn’t what he does best. Music is what he does best and he does it pretty damn well too.

      • Nine Inch Nails was also my 1st and best concert i have ever attended.

    • Ditto.

    • Reznor has been clean for years now, you should at least keep current on your verbal bashing.

      Any man who can play over a dozen instruments even a little, let alone make his living off them, is worthy of respect imo.

      • I didn´t say he´s not clean. I said snorting coke is what he does best. And it´s just my opinion, but his “music” is nothing but strange noise. And he doesn´t play a dozen instruments. He knows how to use a synthesizer and proo tools. He only plays a bit guitar and piano, that´s all. But I have to admit, he surrounds himself with some of the best musicians ever.

        • Lol wow. You obviously know little to nothing about music. Nine Inch Nails is considered to be one of the best bands of the 90s. “Pretty Hate Machine” is an amazing album. And that “strange noise” can be fixed easily. Turn on the music – it must be static.

          For the record, Trent Reznor IS a multi-instrumentalist. It’s not just his Synthesizer and Pro Tools. And he surrounds himself with some great musicians because he is part of that group. I challenge you to do something even remotely as good as a song like “Head Like A Hole” or “Hurt”. Even Johnny Cash thought “Hurt” was good. He re-made it.

          And I’m sure if he read that you said “snorting coke is what he does best” he would be pissed. He’s clean now and he’s doing better than ever. The Social Network’s soundtrack was amazing, clearly. Afterall, he did win an Oscar for it. Or maybe you know more than The Academy?

          • @” Nine Inch Nails is considered to be one of the best bands of the 90s.”

            Just b/c people consider them to be “one of the best” doesn’t make them one of the best. Just saying.

            People also consider Jersey Shore to be one of the best shows on TV, but it doesn’t make it a fact.

            • Lol. Prove to me that they are not a good band.
              I am sure if you ask any columnist from Rolling Stone magazine if Nine Inch Nails can be considered one of the best bands of the 90’s they’ll agree. NiN was huge. Still is big, just not as big as the 90’s.

              How can you even compare trash like Jersey Shore to NiN? Lol

              • First, I DO have knowledge about music. I´ve been in rock bands since I was 13 years old. I play five instruments and I know how to write music.
                And Reznor is not part of the group. He IS the group. The other members are paid session musicians. Robin Finck says that, so does Josh Freeze. I don´t think these guys lie to the press.

                • I agree with Scapegoat.

        • I know this is a bit late but you need to get your facts straight. Reznor can and does play many instruments such as guitar, piano, bass guitar, saxophone, cello, drums, tuba, sousaphone, harmonium, marimba, pan flute, harpsichord, and vibraphone just to name a few. I am not a huge Reznor fan, but the fact that he plays many instruments, and plays them well, is usually a fact most music appreciators know. I personally have seen him in concert playing a saxophone, rivaling most popular/talented saxophonists.

  2. Nine inch nails nor Trent Reznor are “Gothic” btw.

    • Sorry – meant to say goth, not gothic. Thanks for catching that. :-)

  3. i think the man is a wonderful musician. But a musician move into the movie biz *and vice versa* rarely works out well.

    • Yeah, it hardly works well, but I think that this is a great roll for Trent. I mean, a vampire? Excellent lol. There are some very good musician-to-actor cases though.

      Justin Timberlake, Ludachris, Jared Leto, Will Smith, Frank Sinatra, Mark Wahlberg, Mos Def, Eminem.

      As for actor-to-musician: John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd!!

      • I think he might be able to pull it off. He has been behind a camera making crazy music videos for years. I know it’s not the same but the video for closer was pretty freaking cool.

        • Closer was amazing man!

    • If you mean musicians who’ve gone from playing in a band to scoring movies, John Williams, Lalo Schifrin, Danny Elfman, Graeme Revell, Clint Mansell, Stewart Copeland, Hans Zimmer and Howard Shore haven’t done too badly!

      • Musicians turned actors is another matter, but small cameos are never usually a problem.

  4. I never seen him act… so I cannot say anything bad about this… Great musician though…

  5. What’s next, Martin Luther King: Zombie Killer.
    Am I the only one who thinks this movie premise is stupid?

    • Nope. You’re not the only one.

      Trent would’ve played a great vampire 15-20 years ago.

  6. Yes. You and the others who have not read the book which is beyond awesome.
    Abraham Lincoln is probably the most kick-ass President ever. Making him a zombie hunter takes him a level above.

    • I haven’t read it and yes Lincoln was one of the greatest president’s ever … and that is enough for me.

    • How about we encourage people to read actual history about our leaders instead of this made-up garbage.

  7. @”How can you even compare trash like Jersey Shore to NiN? Lol”

    I’m not comparing them to JS. All I’m saying is just b/c a magazine “considers” them to be good, doesn’t mean they really are. Since when is Rolling Stone words written in stone?

    I can’t “prove” they are good or bad b/c, well, it’s just our opinion. You think they are good, I think they’re bad.

    • Thank you.

  8. Awesome…this film just gets better and better…not sure on acting front though