Trent Reznor composing score for 'The Social Network'

Nine Inch Nails front man, who has said that social media "is doing more harm than good" for the world, is scoring the harshly critical film about the origins of Facebook.

The powerful array of talent behind "The Social Network," the upcoming movie about the origins of Facebook, continues to grow larger: Nine Inch Nails front man Trent Reznor has announced that he is composing the film's score.

"It's really f***ing good. And dark!" Reznor wrote in a post on the Nine Inch Nails Web site on Friday. "I'm happy to tell you we're nearing the completion of this and I couldn't be happier with how it's turned out. The level of excellence that (director David Fincher) operates on is inspiring and the entire process has been challenging and truly enjoyable."

This is likely another piece of unfortunate news for Facebook, which did not sanction the creation of the film (or the book on which it's based ) and was probably hoping that the whole thing would turn out to be a big piece of cinematic Marshmallow Fluff that would tank at the box office. But then the director was revealed to be Fincher, who has helmed well-regarded films like "Fight Club" and "Zodiac." Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is portrayed by young star on the rise Jesse Eisenberg, with a supporting cast that includes pop star Justin Timberlake and British actor Andrew Garfield, who's currently all over entertainment news headlines because of the recent announcement that he'll be the next onscreen Spider-Man. A minimalist teaser trailer and well-designed poster for "The Social Network" are only drumming up more hype.

Here's a little dose of irony: Last year, Reznor deleted his Twitter account, announcing in a blog post that he was forsaking social networks altogether because "at the end of the day it's now doing more harm than good in the bigger picture and the experiment seems to have yielded a result. Idiots rule."

He has, however, been a significant player in other forms of digital media, namely the struggle to help musicians make more money online . In a 2007 interview with CNET he said, "Should I be angry at the audience that wants to hear music so much, an audience that is so passionate about hearing it they go online to get it two weeks before the music debuts? No, I want them to be that way."

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Caroline McCarthy, a CNET News staff writer, is a downtown Manhattanite happily addicted to social-media tools and restaurant blogs. Her pre-CNET resume includes interning at an IT security firm and brewing cappuccinos.

 

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