patriots-dayTrent Reznor and Atticus Ross have been hired to score the upcoming drama Patriots Day. The film is directed by Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights, Lone SurvivorDeepwater Horizon) and stars Mark Wahlberg, John Goodman, J.K. Simmons, Kevin Bacon, Michelle Monaghan, Jimmy O. Yang, Vince Curatola and James Colby. The movie tells the story of Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis’s actions in the events leading up to the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and the aftermath, which includes the city-wide manhunt to find the terrorists behind it. Matt Charman (Bridge of Spies) has written the screenplay. Scott Stuber (TedRole ModelsSafe House), Wahlberg, Hutch Parker (X-Men: Days of Future PastThe Wolverine), Dylan Clark (Rise/Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), Stephen Levinson (EntourageThe Gambler), Dorothy Aufiero (The Fighter) and Michael Radutzky are producing the project. Patriots Day is set to be released in select theaters on December 21, 2016 by CBS Films/Lionsgate and will expand nationwide on January 13, 2017.

Reznor & Ross whose best known work for film include their collaborations on the scores for David Fincher’s The Social NetworkGone Girl and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo have also recently scored the documentary Before the Flood with Mogwai and Gustavo Santaolalla. The film is directed by Fisher Stevens (The Cove) and chronicles Leonardo DiCaprio’s campaign to raise global awareness about the dangers of climate change in his role as a UN Ambassador of Peace. Stevens and DiCaprio are also producing the movie with Brett Ratner (Rush Hour, X-Men: The Last Stand), James Packer, Jennifer Davisson and Trevor Davidoski. Before the Flood recently premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and will premiere on October 31 on the National Geographic Channel.

  1. Bernd-Helmut Heine says:

    Wow, that came out of nowhere! No Jablonsky this time? Well, I can´t say, that I´m expecting something great…

  2. Brent says:

    Yuck!!! I really can’t stand Reznor and Ross. I really wish Jablonsky was available for this.

    • Nick says:

      On the one hand, hugely influential Oscar/Golden Globe/Grammy winners who encapsulate and elevate most things they work on. On the other hand, someone who’s most highly rated for managing to cram a few bars in between Transformers’ explosions, and adding some stings to Desperate Housewives. Seems like an easy decision.

      Just a question of whether they’re the right fit for this one. Peter Berg != David Fincher.

      • Brent says:

        You mean to tell me you’d put The Social Network above Transformers or The Book of Eli above Steamboy or Gone Girl above Your Highness? It really is no contest.

        • Randy Watson says:

          I would put TSN above Battleship, TGWtDT above Ender’s Game and Gone Girl above The Last Witch Hunter. It really is no contest

          • Nick says:

            Yup, no question. Dragon Tattoo I thought was relatively weak, playing up the coldness and mundanity but missing the fear, brutality and sinister…ness… in the story, and lacking moment-to-moment punctuation.

            But Social Network and Gone Girl *perfectly* captured the mood and narrative of their respective films, and even sound good in isolation. Two of the decade’s best scores in my opinion, and the films would have been nowhere near as strong without them.

            Transformers I don’t even remember having a score so much as an endless cacophony of bangs and crashes.

      • Roger says:

        oh yeah. im sure holding down the synth key for 5 minutes is totally better than actual orchestral production 🙁