John Williams Planning Return For New Star Wars Movies

By Katey Rich 2013-02-18 08:07:59discussion comments
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In all the endless speculation and debating we've been doing about future Star Wars movies since Disney bought Lucasfilm last fall, one of the most satisfying and hard to solve has been this: Who should score the new films, John Williams or Michael Giacchino? Williams, of course, is the original composer of the iconic Star Wars theme (along with a million other amazing scores), while Giacchino is the longtime collaborator with Star Wars Episode VII director J.J. Abrams, another Oscar winner who has created enduring music for the likes of Star Trek, Up and TV's Lost.

There are strong arguments for both, but in the end it's probably Williams's decision; he's the most famous composer in the world and the inventor of all the familiar Star Wars themes, so he ought to at least have right of first refusal. And based on what he's been saying lately, Williams isn't planning to refuse. The John Williams Fan Network got a tip that Williams was conducting a February 9 concert of the Young Musician's Foundation Debut Orchestra, and paused to speak for a moment before playing the Star Wars theme. Here's what he had to say:

Now we’re hearing of a new set of movies coming in 2015, 2016…so I need to make sure I’m still ready to go in a few years for what I hope would be continued work with George…[more cheers].”

Obviously nothing he's saying there is set in stone, and given that George Lucas isn't directing any future Star Wars movies, Williams won't be working with George in the same way any more no matter what. But Williams is clearly keeping up on the news, citing a 2015 or 2016 date in line with Abrams's unwillingness to push for the planned 2015 release. Whether Williams winds up working with Abrams or on one of the spinoff movies that Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg are scripting, he's clearly got a lot invested in the world of Star Wars still. And say what you will about the quality of some of his more recent work, but it seems more than worth it to give Williams a return trip to the galaxy far, far away,
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