Trent Reznor And Atticus Ross To Score New Disney Pixar Film About Souls
When one thinks of the throbbing, depressive music of Nine Inch Nails, only one thing comes to mind: adorable bucktoothed Disney characters. Now, Disney has apparently caught on to this underlying current in the band’s music, as they’ve asked NIN masterminds Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross to score their new movie with Pixar, titled Soul.
According to Variety, the film “imagines that every person on earth comes pre-installed with a soul formed and perfected in a cosmic realm. Jamie Foxx will play a middle-school music teacher on earth who dreams of playing at legendary New York jazz club The Blue Note. After the wrong step into an open sewer grate, Joe slips back into his soul form back in the other realm — with some existential work to do before he might land his big gig.”
Here’s a picture of Foxx’s character and his soul-self:
Pretty lofty stuff for a Disney movie, but hey, the first ten minutes of Up! are about as gutting a cinematic sequence as any human being has ever made, so we’ll see.
Also starring in Soul are Tina Fey, Questlove, Daveed Diggs, and Phylicia Rashad. The film is set to come out June 19th, 2020.
This is, of course, not Reznor and Ross’ first rodeo when it comes to scoring films. The duo won an Oscar for their score of The Social Network, and have also created original music for such movies as Bird Box and Jonah Hill’s mid90s, not to mention their chilling take on John Carpenter’s Halloween theme. It’ll be interesting to hear how they get across the inner workings of the cartoon soul, but if anyone could nail that, it’d be them.
In a recent interview with Kerrang!, Reznor discussed the seemingly endless barrage of pop culture thrown his way these days, and how it makes even the idea of doing promotion for his music feel difficult. “The difficulty of doing promotional press,” he said, “is that I feel we’re having a conversation, a discussion, in which some relevant points are made, and some stupid shit comes along, too. It’s not the fault of the New York Times piece itself, but the other 50 articles that reference it, with headlines like ‘Trent Reznor slams Taylor Swift’. It goes around the room and suddenly I’m like, ‘I said what?!’ It’s pointless to try to explain, particularly to the angry mob.”
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