After retiring from the road and walking away from the act that made him an alt-rock icon, Trent Reznor is talking about dedicating 2012 to the resurrection of Nine Inch Nails.

Trent Reznor stepped away from Nine Inch Nails in 2009 after embarking on the 'Wave Goodbye' tour -- which according to him was their last. While the subject of touring may still be up in the air, Reznor confirmed plans for new music from NIN when speaking with BBC Radio One:

"I’ll spend a good portion of 2012 writing for Nine Inch Nails. Let’s see what happens."

Reznor spent his time away from the band scoring films -- he won an Oscar for his work on 'The Social Network' -- and producing his wife's band How to Destroy Angels. He then cleared up some misconceptions about his reasons for stepping away and what that means for Nine Inch Nails:

"I needed to commit to doing something different, and that doesn’t mean I’m not going to return to Nine Inch Nails at some point. But I find myself pushed and pulled back into the same routine of album, tour, album, tour, album, tour, while a list of things I’d like to try and do in life sits untouched on the table."

Reznor's latest musical endeavor is the score to the David Fincher film 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.' The soundtrack is available December 9th, but you can download the Led Zeppelin cover 'Immigrant Song' featuring Karen O., Trent Reznor, and Atticus Ross on iTunes for free now.