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Nine Inch Nails Scoring Adam Wingard’s ‘Death Note’?

Well, not exactly, but close! When Trent Reznor resurfaced late last year to announce the next Nine Inch Nails album, he made it abundantly clear that Atticus Ross was now an official member of the band. In 2017, Ross is Nine Inch Nails. Live with it.

Interestingly, Ross isn’t glued to Reznor, embarking on a project with his brother, Fear and Nervous System’s Leopold Ross. Adam Wingard, director of Netflix’s massive live-action Death Note remake, tweeted out that the duo would be composing the score to the film, out on Aug. 25.

Death Note follows a high school student who comes across a supernatural notebook, realizing it holds within it a great power; if the owner inscribes someone’s name into it while picturing their face, he or she will die. Intoxicated with his new godlike abilities, the young man begins to kill those he deems unworthy of life.

The movie stars Nat Wolff (Paper Towns, The Fault in Our Stars) as Light Turner; Margaret Qualley (The Nice Guys, The Leftovers) as Mia Sutton; Keith Stanfield (Straight Outta Compton, Dope, Short Term 12) as “L”; Paul Nakauchi (Alpha and Omega) as Watari; and Shea Whigham(“Agent Carter”, “Boardwalk Empire”) as James Turner.

Wingard is a growing force in the genre community having directed A Horrible Way to Die, V/H/S, V/H/S/2, Blair Witch, The Guest and You’re Next.



  • but…. but…. white people

    • Peter Johnson

      Why is that a problem?

      • huntermc

        Because…. diversity!

      • Carlton Fisher

        Because the original series is Japanese manga, with Japanese characters. It’s called cultural appropriation, and the best part is the people who bitch and moan that it’s no big deal when someone recasts a story like this with an entirely white cast are also usually the first people to complain when the new Spider-Man or Green Lantern is black

        • I get that people are very defensive of manga and anime, particularly when people remake it, but you shouldn’t call cultural appropriation every time someone westernises something that was originally created by someone who wasn’t white. A few years ago when America was bleeding J-horror to death it was more people pissed at them dumbing down perfectly good movies for American audiences, why can’t it just stay at that, without turning everything into a race debate?

          Different cultures translate things differently. Japanese and French horror for example are hard for a lot of Americans/Brits to digest (I know from trying to get people to try it, it’s hard work) so remakes happen, unfortunately. I could call cultural appropriation every time America remakes a British TV show (The Office, Shameless, etc) but no one would care, because they were made by white people, and apparently you can’t culturally appropriate white people, because it’s always white people that are whining about cultural appropriation and apparently we don’t have any culture of our own.

          • Carlton Fisher

            White people have plenty of their own culture, and I don’t think anyone would seriously argue otherwise. So yes, we remake films and other ideas from other countries, but why do we need to necessarily remake them with all-white casts when we do that? Why can’t a movie taking place in Japan about Japanese people be remade as a movie taking place in Japan with Japanese people who speak in English if the language is the true barrier for breaking the market? It’s not that there are no Japanese actors looking for work who could do the job.

          • I see your point, but can’t help but think that filming it in Japan to keep fans happy but making everyone talk our language is a lot worse than us being inspired by their art and creating our own version.

        • Peter Johnson

          That’s not cultural appropriation, it’s just that those people are apparently the best choices. This is the same thing as the Attack on Titan live action casting all Asians, when Mikasa is the only Asian in the series. Cultural appropriation is, for instance, Japanese pop culture being influenced by the wild west, and American pop culture being influenced by the samurai. You see? We are all hypocrites, so please, let me help you off that horse, and come join us by the bonfire.

          • Carlton Fisher

            So you mean to tell me that you honestly believe there are NO Japanese actors capable of playing the leading roles in the movie? I’m sorry, but this excuse about “these were just the best people to play the part” is a complete cop out.

          • Peter Johnson

            Uh, no its not, its called people not giving a shit about skin color. You know, the whole thing Martin Luther King Jr. preached about? I mean for fuck’s sack, America is a melting pot! No, we do not need to find all Japanese actors and actresses because it does not matter. Really, it doesn’t. In the anime, L is from Europe. In the Japanese live-action, he is Japanese. Did you get mad at Hamilton as well for casting all black people? If you don’t get mad at any of those, but get mad at this, then that means it is simply because they are white, and I really feel like you should take some time to self reflect.

          • Carlton Fisher

            Well, Alexander Hamilton actually WAS black if you bother to look at the history, at least as we conceive of a person being black in this society.

            And I honestly just straight up call bullshit on your defense. It’s not worth the effort of assembling an actual rebuttal to.

          • Peter Johnson

            What, because of his possibly black ancestry or “black blood”? The one that runs through pretty much all of us? And somehow that affects his skin color? You see, THAT is a bullshit defense which I can easily call bullshit on and question you on. It’s not worth the effort means you’re having tough time coming up with something, so you just say, “You’re wrong” and then move on. A bullshit defense is easy to counter, so either my defense is bullshit and you have nothing to say because you simply suck at this, or my defense is good and you are just too afraid to admit you’re being a hypocrite

          • Carlton Fisher

            Yes, because of his “black blood,” which is why I qualified my statement with “at least as we conceive of a person being black in this society.”

            And I call your rebuttal bullshit because you started with “it’s about casting the best actors for the job” and then, when you got called out on that, switched to “it’s about being color blind.” I didn’t feel I needed to put effort into coming up with a nuanced response, basically because you’re rapid about face basically reeked of stunning levels of bullshit. But since you needed it spelled out for you….

      • WALKTER

        Whiny igits love crying about petty nonsense, “I have Internet, hear me roar!” It’s a problem because we still let these pests breed.

    • Saltoner

      so once something creative is established, no other country on the face on the planet can do their retelling of it?

      • Haha, I was being petty and sarcastic before someone posted the incoming “it’s cultural appropriation” rant. Thought for a second we were safe from it but then Carlton Fisher came along

  • Micah Unice

    That headline is not fair.

  • El PavliTo

    practically, the headline is a lie. Mr.Atticus Ross and his brother are scoring the film. Mr. Reznor isn’t involved. So technically, it’s NOT Nine inch Nails, is it?!

    • chronicintel

      Atticus Ross was officially announced as a member of Nine Inch Nails this past December, so it’s half-true.

  • Darren Kerr

    The article would still draw me in if was “Atticus & Leopold Ross are scoring Death Note”.
    Even if it’s not the best film in the world, the soundtrack for Triple 9 was rather great.

  • Saltoner

    Total bullshit headline!

  • Nahuel Benvenuto

    nice clickbait bro!

  • Redsam6

    “in 2017 Ross is NIN, live with it”
    you make it sound like Reznor isn’t part of NIN anymore… are you fucking retarded?

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