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.
The “Creed Original Motion Picture Score” is now available on Amazon and iTunes.
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 role.
“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 sensuality.