Trent Reznor Developing 'Year Zero' Mini-Series for HBO

Reznor has recruited a 'Pulp Fiction' producer and 'Carnivale' writer to bring Nine Inch Nails' dystopian concept album to cable

September 28, 2010 5:56 PM ET

Three years after Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor first said he wanted to translate his apocalyptic concept album Year Zero into a mini-series, there's finally some movement — albeit at a "glacial pace" — to bring the concept to TV. "We are in [the development phase of] pre-production with HBO and BBC to do a miniseries," Reznor told the Los Angeles Times's Hero Complex blog. "It's exciting. I probably shouldn't say too much about it except that I understand that there's a thousand hurdles before anything shows up in your TV listing. It's been an interesting and very educational process and it cleared the HBO hurdle a few months ago and now we're writing drafts back and forth. So it's very much alive and incubating at the moment."

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Carnivale writer Daniel Knauf is "revising the over world Bible" of Year Zero, a dystopian tale of the United States becoming "born again" in the year 2022. (An exhaustive breakdown of the album's story and the "alternate reality game" that promoted it can be found at NINwiki.) Lawrence Bender, who has worked on all but one of Quentin Tarantino's films, and Kevin Kelly Brown are working as Year Zero's producer.

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