WaterTower Music has announced the release of the Original Motion Picture Score to 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, 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 crafted from actual sounds in the boxing ring. To create 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. Original “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.
“Creed Original Motion Picture Score” is now available on Amazon and iTunes.
“Creed” opens on Wednesday, November 25, 2015.