In creating the score for Ridley Scott’s new film and Oscar contender, All the Money In The World, composer Daniel Pemberton needed his music to not only represent John Paul Getty Sr., but also the kidnappers, who had snatched the recalcitrant billionaire’s 16-year old grandson.
“This film’s got a lot of interesting different elements for a composer, says Pemberton in this exclusive vignette. “The world of Getty, the world of the kidnappers. I wanted to try to tie them together, so Ridley said he wanted a big theme we could use in different ways.”
That gentle, piano-based theme is heard from the very opening of the film, but Pemberton, who recorded the score at London’s famed Abbey Road Studios, then enhanced the music with unexpected flourishes, including people banging on music stands and traditional Italian folk singing.
The movie, which opens Christmas Day, has already made headlines for Scott’s decision to re-shoot the role of Getty Sr. after original portrayer Kevin Spacey was accused of sexual harassment. Christopher Plummer stepped in to replace Spacey, shooting his scenes in nine days.
Pemberton, a favorite of directors Danny Boyle and Guy Ritchie, previously worked with Scott on The Counselor.