Oscar-winners Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross will provide music for HBO and Damon Lindelof's upcoming Watchmen TV series. The show, which is a (sort of) sequel to Dave Gibbons and Alan Moore's landmark 1980s comic book series, is officially moving forward at the network and will premiere sometime in 2019.
While Lindelof has not exactly been forthcoming with plot details for his Watchmen TV show thus far, he has confirmed that it will not be a strict retelling of the events in Gibbons and Moore's graphic novel. The original Watchmen comics were set in an alternate reality where superheroes exist, the U.S. won the Vietnam War and Richard Nixon was still President by the time the story began in 1985. It appears that Lindelof's series takes place in the present-day version of that universe, based on the smaller details that fans have noticed in the Watchmen set photos that've leaked so far.
Per HBO's announcement, the Watchmen TV series will also feature a score composed by Reznor (of Nine Inch Nails fame) and Ross. The duo won an Oscar for their first movie score together on David Fincher's The Social Network in 2011. They have since gone on to provide the music for two more Fincher films (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Gone Girl), as well as Peter Berg's Boston Marathon Bombing thriller Patriot's Day and PBS' Vietnam War documentary miniseries. Most recently, they composed the music for Jonah Hill's feature directorial debut Mid90s (which opens in theaters in October).
Watchmen is now in production and features a cast that includes Regina King, Louis Gossett Jr., Tim Blake Nelson, Jeremy Irons, Don Johnson and future Aquaman costar Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, among others. Like the plot, the show's characters are being kept under wraps for the time being - though, with the aid of a previously-leaked Watchmen casting breakdown, fans have already begun to speculate about who these actors are playing on the series.
Based on his previous work on LOST and HBO's The Leftovers, as well as his writing for movies like Prometheus and Tomorrowland, it makes sense that Lindelof would be interested in deconstructing the concept of superheroes and how they tap into present-day anxieties in the context of the Watchmen universe. The music by Reznor and Ross should further match the property's moody and otherwise bleak tone (to mention nothing of its heavy philosophical themes), if their past scores are any indication.
All in all, with each fresh update, the Watchmen TV show has become an increasingly intriguing addition to HBO's upcoming original programming slate. Between this, the return of True Detective and Game of Thrones' final season, 2019 will certainly be a wild ride for the network.