Score By Ludwig Goransson
LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–WaterTower Music has announced the release of the Original Motion
Picture Score to award-winning filmmaker Ryan Coogler’s Creed
– the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures and New
Line Cinema film which explores a new chapter in the Rocky story,
opening in theatres Wednesday, November 25, 2015.
The film reunites Coogler with his Fruitvale Station composer and
songwriter Ludwig Goransson (Community, Happy Endings), with
whom he has a long-standing working relationship. They met as students
attending the graduate film program at the University of Southern
California. The Swedish-born composer scored Coogler’s first short film, Locks
(2009), before creating the music for Coogler’s 2013 Sundance Film
Festival-winning feature, Fruitvale Station.
In Coogler’s second feature film, Creed, Ludwig Goransson’s
dynamic 21-track score combines symphonic film scoring elements with
modern production and beats, many brilliantly crafted from actual sounds
in the boxing ring. To craft three of the tracks, “First Date,” “You’re
A Creed,” and “You Can See The Whole Town From Here,” Goransson utilized
interpolations of “Going The Distance” and “Gonna Fly Now” (Theme From Rocky)
from the original Rocky movie. The original Rocky (1976)
film won the 1977 Academy Award for Best Motion Picture and Rocky composer
Bill Conti, along with Carol Connors, were Oscar-nominated for Best
Music: Original Song for “Gonna Fly Now.”
Goransson was inspired by Conti’s iconic score to Rocky, calling
it “The theme song of an underdog. What I wanted to do for Creed
was create something that had as big of an impact on the movie as the Rocky
theme did 40 years ago. I always feel encouraged by Ryan to think
outside of the box and create something that I really believe in. Having
it come to life and recording it with Ryan is a great reward.”
Coogler was “blown away” by Goransson’s blend of old and new ideas. “I
think we landed on something really special,” the director stated.
From Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line
Cinema comes award-winning filmmaker Ryan Coogler’s Creed. The
film reunites Coogler with his Fruitvale Station star Michael B.
Jordan as the son of Apollo Creed, and explores a new chapter in the Rocky
story, starring Academy Award nominee Sylvester Stallone in his iconic
Creed also stars Tessa Thompson (“Selma,” “Dear White People”),
Phylicia Rashad (Lifetime’s “Steel Magnolias”) and English pro boxer and
former three-time ABA Heavyweight Champion Anthony Bellew.
Coogler directed from a screenplay he wrote with Aaron Covington, based
on characters from the Rocky series written by Sylvester
Stallone. The film is produced by Irwin Winkler, Robert Chartoff,
Charles Winkler, William Chartoff, David Winkler, Kevin King-Templeton
and Sylvester Stallone, with Nicolas Stern executive producing. The
music is by composer Ludwig Goransson.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures present, in
association with New Line Cinema, a Chartoff Winkler Production, Creed.
Opening on Wednesday, November 25, 2015, the film will be distributed
worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment
Company, with select international territories being handled by MGM.
This film has been rated PG-13 for violence, language and some