Nine Inch Nails Lead Singer Calls Scoring Netflix's 'Bird Box' A 'Waste of Time'

Nine Inch Nails lead singer Trent Reznor called his work on Netflix's hit film Bird Box a "waste of time," in an interview published Monday.

In an interview with Revolver, Reznor reflected on his experience scoring the 2018 thriller film. The Nine Inch Nails frontman said he felt that some of the crew weren't totally committed to the film. "When we got immersed in it, it felt like some people were phoning it in," he told Revolver. He also criticized the film's editor for having "bad taste." He said the editor was "kind of our barricade to getting stuff in the film."

The "Hurt" singer also expressed frustration that the Susanne Bier-directed film's music was mixed while he was touring. "They mixed the music so low, you couldn't hear it anyway," he told Revolver.

Reznor did have a sense of humor regarding his low expectations for the film. "We thought, no one's going to see this f**king movie, and of course, it's the hugest movie ever on Netflix."

On December 28, 2018, Netflix tweeted that more than 45 million accounts viewed Bird Box.

Reznor's publicist and Netflix did not immediately respond to request for comment.

In December, Reznor and his Nine Inch Nails bandmate and film score collaborator Atticus Ross released the third of three albums with music from HBO's Watchmen series, including a cover of David Bowie's "Life on Mars," according to Pitchfork. The duo has worked on numerous film and television scores since 2010's The Social Network, a David Fincher-directed film about Facebook's founding, for which the two won an Oscar. The pair won a Grammy for their score to Fincher's The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo adaptation.

The Nine Inch Nails founder also told Revolver that the pair plan to use period-appropriate instruments in their score for Fincher's upcoming film Mank. Mank will be a biopic starring Gary Oldman as Herman J. Mankiewicz, the screenwriter for Orson Welles' Citizen Kane.

Reznor also told Revolver that there are plans for a follow up to Nine Inch Nails' 2018 album Bad Witch, but the singer is unsure if new music will be released. He expressed a hope to collaborate with artists outside of the band. "If something good happens, then maybe the world can hear it," he told Revolver. "But, if it doesn't, we put it in the pile."

Reznor also won his first CMA for his contributions to Lil Nas X's hit "Old Town Road"— his song "34 Ghosts IV" was sampled in it. Despite admitting that he didn't listen all the way through, he told Revolver he was pleased with the song's success. "My only hope was that it would stay No. 1 forever." The country-rap song, featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, has been certified Diamond—or selling more than 10 million units—by the Recording Industry Administration of America, and remained at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 for 19 weeks.

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Composers Atticus Ross (L) and Trent Reznor, winners of the award for Best Original Score for "The Social Network," pose in the press room during the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. Reznor recently expressed frustration with the work he did for Netflix's 2018 film 'Bird Box.' Jason Merritt/Getty