Trent Reznor to 'focus on Nine Inch Nails'

After winning an Oscar for The Social Network soundtrack, Reznor plans to bring his industrial metal band out of retirement

"Nine Inch Nails is not dead," Trent Reznor has declared, less than a month after he won an Oscar for his work on The Social Network's film score. Despite the distractions of several other soundtracks, a possible TV series and a new band with his wife, Reznor said he plans to return to the band that he all but retired in 2009.

Writing on the official NIN message-board for the first time since October, Reznor updated fans on his "surreal" post-Oscar week and his various ongoing projects. "The three columns of things I'm currently funneling music into – [new band] How to Destroy Angels, NIN and film work – I believe will start to make more sense to you (and me) as everything unfolds," he wrote. "By having a few different outlets for my work I'm finding more inspiration within each one. No, Nine Inch Nails is not dead and I plan to focus on that next."

Reznor confirmed that as a follow-up to The Social Network, he and musician Atticus Ross are again collaborating with director David Fincher for his adaptation of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. "We've been composing quite a bit of music for this and have just begun to see some of what's been shot," he explained. He also addressed last week's report that he will write the score – and don fangs – for Timur Bekmambetov's film Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. "I am friends with Timur," Reznor said. "He asked me if I was interested in scoring his new film with Tim Burton ... I was familiar with the book, read the script and it felt like an interesting challenge as a composer – different from the Fincher films."

Reznor will indeed have a cameo role in the president v bloodsuckers movie, although he had hoped to keep this a surprise: "While discussing the film with Timur he started gently pressing me to play a small role. The idea was a cameo that would be kept under wraps and be a surprise around opening night ... We both apparently forgot the internet existed AND THERE ARE NO SURPRISES any more. So ... do me a favour and act surprised, OK?"

This summer, Reznor hopes to finish the debut album by How to Destroy Angels, the project with Ross and Reznor's wife, Mariqueen Maandig. There will then be more time for Nine Inch Nails, whose last release was in 2008. The group called an end to live gigs in 2009, and Reznor sold the touring band's equipment. "I'd never want to be [Kiss frontman] Gene Simmons, an old man who puts on makeup to entertain kids, like a clown going to work," he said at the time. "In my paranoia, I fear that if I don't stop this, it could become that."

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