A.R. Rahman Scoring Peter Billingsley's Couples Retreat
by Alex Billington
June 5, 2009
Now this is an odd choice, but very interesting, to say the least! Oscar winning composer A.R. Rahman (just think of "Jai Ho" from Slumdog Millionaire) will be scoring Couples Retreat, the upcoming comedy from Peter Billingsley starring Vince Vaughn, Jason Bateman, Jon Favreau, Malin Akerman, Kristin Davis, Kristen Bell and Faizon Love. I first heard this rumor on The Playlist, but Universal has confirmed with me that it's accurate. This is Rahman's first foray into composing music for an American comedy. I'm exactly not sure how a Rahman score will fit into this, but I'm looking forward to seeing what he comes up with.
For those who forgot what Couples Retreat is about, we featured a full cast photo last year, and have a new synopsis for it today as well. Based on an original idea of Vaughn's, the comedy follows four Midwestern couples who embark on a journey to a tropical island resort. While one of the couples (Bateman and Bell) is there to work on their marriage, the other three set out to jet ski, spa and enjoy some fun in the sun. They soon discover that participation in the resort's couples therapy is not optional. Suddenly, their group-rate vacation comes at a price. What follows is a hilarious look at real world problems faced by all couples.
Everyone is naturally making a Forgetting Sarah Marshall comparison, based on the location and story. The score for that was written by Lyle Workman, a Judd Apatow regular, although the soundtrack featured quite a few songs from The Coconutz. I'm sure there will be a good selection of regular songs in this as well, but I'll be listening for Rahman's score. Universal has set an October 9th release for Couples Retreat.