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We weren't joking when news came out last September that Trent Reznor's Year Zero was in pre-production but moving at glacial pace. Dudes, it's been nearly an entire year without another announcement! At this rate, it'll be 2015 before we actually get to see any footage from the series which is in pre-production with HBO and BBC America.

Following news that Carnivale writer Daniel Knauf was working on the story, THR now reports that Fight Club's Jim Uhls who adapted Chuck Palahniuk's novel to the screen, is taking on writing duties for the series which takes place in 2022 in the US of A, commonly referred to as "Year Zero," the year the country was reborn…


The United States has suffered several major terrorist attacks, and in response the government has seized absolute control on the country and reverted to a Christian fundamentalist theocracy. The government maintains control of the populace through institutions such as the Bureau of Morality and the First Evangelical Church of Plano, as well as increased surveillance and the secret drugging of tap water with a mild sedative. In response to the increasing oppression of the government, several corporate, government, and subversive websites were transported back in time to the present by a group of scientists working clandestinely against the authoritarian government. The websites-from-the-future were sent to the year 2007 to warn the American people of the impending dystopian future and to prevent it from ever forming in the first place.

More as it comes! Hopefully the next bit of news won't take a year to emerge.

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Anonymous (7 years ago) Reply

Why is this getting a miniseries? Year Zero was pap when it came out, and the only difference is that now it's horribly dated pap. A relic from the Bush era. You know something is topical when it's not even ten years old and the Zeerust is already showing.

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Anonymous (7 years ago) Reply

Oh great! Another in your face anti Christian pile of rubbish. Trent Reznor is a sad and pathetic little man indeed. Why is it that Christian people are constantly portrayed in film as loathsome bigots while other religions are treated with kid gloves. Hell, they've even replaced Muslim terrorist bad guys in video games with Eurotrash and white supremacist gangs. It doesn't come close to matching reality. Who is trying to create a worldwide Islamic caliphate again? Christians?

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Anonymous (7 years ago) Reply

Despite the whiny tones of the above poster I can't wait for this to come out. Trent Reznor is an intelligent and creative artist whose ideas deserve to be translated into the moving visual media. But...it does have the potential to be a miserable turd, because, despite not being pap, the first poster is correct that this is quite topical and may not be translated well to our era.

Oh and the reason why Christianity is vilified by intelligent and creative western-world artists, is because the Christian people who are in power and run the show ARE loathsome bigots. The reason why Islam is only targeted by these bigots and not by the artists is because Christianity is the scourge of the western world, not Islam.


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