ABKCO Records will release MIDDLE MEN (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) on August 3. The film’s score, composed by Brian Tyler, will be released in digital format (only) on August 10. The Paramount Pictures release, directed and co-written by George Gallo, opens nationally on August 6. The film’s producers are Christopher Mallick, William Sherak, Jason Shuman and Michael J. Weiss with Tricia Holloway serving as music supervisor. MIDDLE MEN stars Luke Wilson, Giovanni Ribisi, Gabriel Macht, Jacinda Barrett, Laura Ramsey, Terry Crews, Rade Sherbedgia, with Kevin Pollak and James Caan.
In 1995, everyone had a VCR, music was sold in record stores, and the world-wide-web was a new found discovery. Businessman Jack Harris (Luke Wilson) had the perfect life – a beautiful family and a successful career fixing problem companies. And then he met Wayne Beering (Giovanni Ribisi) and Buck Dolby (Gabriel Macht), two genius but troubled men, who had invented the way adult entertainment is sold over the internet. When Jack agrees to help steer their business, he soon finds himself caught between a 23-year-old porn star and the FBI all the while becoming one of the wealthiest entrepreneurs of his time. Inspired by a true story that proves business is a lot like sex… getting in is easy, pulling out is hard. Daily Variety descried MIDDLE MEN as “Boogie Nights meets Goodfellas.”
George Gallo noted “Tricia Holloway and Chris Mallick were fantastic with their commitment to the movie’s soundtrack and understanding that it was just as much a character in the story as the characters themselves. Normally you temp a movie with great songs and rarely do you get the opportunity to keep them in the final cut. Here I not only got the opportunity to keep them all, a few more great tunes were added. Composer Brian Tyler added an even deeper dimension to the movie. Whereas the songs punctuated the upbeat and chaotic energy of the story, Brian’s score completely realized the growing sense of danger and regret that was driving Luke Wilson’s character on his journey. The music, both songs and score, were beautifully synchronized and completely compliment one another.”
Music heard in the movie and on the ABKCO soundtrack is integral to the film’s central narrative, reflecting moods and providing a sense of time and ambiance. The soundtrack offers “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” and “Sympathy For The Devil,” two classic Rolling Stones tracks from the ABKCO catalog, along with such diverse selections as “Buona Sera” by Louis Prima, Patsy Cline’s “Sweet Dreams” and “The Way You Move” by Outkast (featuring Sleepy Brown). Of special note is the original version of “Oye Como Va” by Tito Puente, ”Body Rock” and “Honey”, two Moby selections, plus tracks from Tears for Fears, OMC, J. Geils Band, Hall & Oats, George Thorogood and 2Pac.
Jody Klein, ABKCO’s CEO, commented “The music featured in MIDDLE MEN adds another layer to the enjoyment of this film, which was inspired by a true story. The soundtrack plays a key role in the unfolding action on the screen and features songs from diverse artists across the musical spectrum.”