Varèse Sarabande will release a soundtrack for the original motion picture The Founder digitally on February 10 and on CD February 24, 2017. The film features original music composed by Carter Burwell (Carol, Fargo), with classic tracks by artists including Doris Day, The Ramblers, Bob Gaddy And His Alley Cats, The Dixieaires, and a special performance of the beloved classic "Pennies From Heaven" by stars Michael Keaton and Linda Cardellini.
"The film tells the story of Ray Kroc and his popularization of McDonald's," Burwell stated. "Among the musical threads are his Midwestern background, played with guitar, mandolin, strings and woodwinds; the inner voice of this over-driven off-kilter middle-American, played with piano; and his patriotic fervor in spreading the gospel of fast food from sea to shining sea, played with drum corps and brass band," Burwell added.
"We agreed early on that it would be interesting to play Kroc's view of McDonald's as if it were a patriotic or military campaign," Burwell explained. "But the director, John Lee Hancock, also wanted a less ironic view of Kroc, especially at the beginning of the story, so that we could relate to his character. This we got through more intimate, traditional sounds of piano and guitar."