Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross (The Social Network, Watchmen, Soul, Gone Girl, Mank, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) have recently been scoring the upcoming drama Empire of Light. The film is written and directed by Sam Mendes (American Beauty, 1917) and stars Olivia Colman, Micheal Ward, Colin Firth, Toby Jones, Tom Brooke, Tanya Moodie and Crystal Clarke. The movie is set in an English seaside town in the early 1980s and tells a story about human connection and the magic of cinema. Mendes is also producing the project with Pippa Harris (Penny Dreadful, Call the Midwife) for Neal Street Productions. Empire of Light will premiere next month at the Toronto Film Festival and is scheduled to be released in U.S. theaters on December 9, 2022 by Searchlight Pictures.

Reznor & Ross have also recently scored Luca Guadagnino’s Bones and All, which will premiere next month at the 2022 Venice Film Festival and is set to be released in theaters on November 23 by United Artists.

  1. Dylan E. says:


    Not bad choices, but I wonder why he didn’t go for Thomas Newman this time out?

    • Penderghast says:

      Everything ends someday, even long-time collaborations.

      • Darren says:

        Don’t hurt me like this. I know it’s true, but don’t…

  2. David says:

    It would be mightily disappointing if this marked the end of the Mendes/Newman collaboration – don’t let it be another Aronofsky/Mansell situation. 1917 might have been frustratingly Zimmer-esque, but it still gave us The Night Window.