Oscar-winning music duo and Nine Inch Nails members Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross are composing original music for the HBO series "Watchmen," which will premiere sometime in 2019. The TV show is loosely based on DC Comics' 1986-1987 "Watchmen" series written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Dave Gibbons, tells the story of a group of people with superpowers who become outlaws. HBO has announced that although the "Watchmen" TV series will be set in the same world as the one in the graphic novels, there will be new characters in the TV series. The "Watchmen" TV series will be executive produced by Damon Lindelof (whose previous TV credits include "Lost" and "The Leftovers"), Nicole Kassell, Tom Spezialy, Stephen Williams and Joseph Iberti. Kassel is directing the first episode of "Watchmen," while Lindelof will be one of the show's chief writers.
"Watchmen" was first adapted for the screen as a Warner Bros. movie that was released in 2009, and starred Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Patrick Wilson, Billy Crudup, Carla Gugino, Jackie Earle Haley and Malin Akerman. The TV version of "Watchmen," produced by Warner Bros. Television, will star Jeremy Irons, Regina King, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Frances Fisher, Andrew Howard, Tom Mison, Jacob Ming-Trent, Sara Vickers, Dylan Schombing, Lily Rose Smith and Adelynn Spoon.
Nine Inch Nails lead singer Reznor is a founding member of the band, while keyboardist Ross joined in 2016. Ross and Reznor won an Academy Award for Best Original Score, for director David Fincher's 2010 film "The Social Network,' which is based on the story of how Mark Zuckerberg and others launched Facebook. Reznor and Ross also composed the scores for Fincher's 2011 remake of "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" and the 2015 crime thriller 'Gone Girl." The composer duo also did the original score for the 2016 drama "Patriots Day" (about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings), the 2016 National Geographic climate-change documentary "Before the Flood" and Ken Burns' 2017 PBS documentary "The Vietnam War."
Nine Inch Nails released their ninth studio album, Bad Witch, in June, and have embarked on the Cold and Black and Infinite North America 2018 Tour, which concludes in Los Angeles on Dec. 15.