Indiana Jones And The Dial Of Destiny's Director Explains The 'Complex' Process Of Getting John Williams To Score The Film
Mention the name Indiana Jones, and the archaeologist’s signature theme song likely will begin playing in your head. The themes composed for Raiders of the Lost Ark and the subsequent Indiana Jones movies rank as the absolute best of composer John Williams. And even though Steven Spielberg isn’t returning to helm Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, it feels like getting Harrison Ford and Williams to return will provide enough of the magic to make the movie’s nostalgia factor kick in.
During the recent Star Wars Celebration 2023 in London, Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny’s director, James Mangold, opened up about getting composer John Williams to return to the franchise. Williams initially said he planned to retire after scoring Mangold’s sequel. But as you can tell by this story, the drive to compose, and surround himself in music, might never go away. Mangold talked about the process of securing Williams, and said:
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If the process isn’t broken, why try to fix it, right? James Mangold started talking about putting the finishing touches on the fifth Indiana Jones movie once John Williams started to share some of the original themes that he wrote for The Dial of Destiny. You can hear them in the trailer, as they blend some music of the 1960s (when the action takes place) with the original score. Pair that swelling Williams score with scenes of Harrison Ford in action, and it’s basically a time machine back to our childhoods, when the man in the leather jacket and fedora cracked his whip and took us all on globetrotting adventures.
We are learning more and more what Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny is going to be about. The “dial” of the title is an object that former Nazi Jurgen Voller (Mads Mikkelsen) believes he can use to restore Hitler’s armies. Indy (Harrison Ford) has been chasing it his whole life, but abandoned the search until his goddaughter Helena Shaw (Phoebe Waller-Bridge) returns to his life and pulls him along on what we believe will be his final thrill ride.
It’s still amazing to see a de-aged Harrison Ford in the trailers for Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, because it shows how advanced the technology has gotten to make older actors look like versions of their younger selves. Mangold also spoke about that process when we talked at Celebration, as he told CinemaBlend:
I’m sure it was more complicated than that. And we will find out for ourselves when Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny opens on June 30. It’s one of many Upcoming 2023 movies we are keeping an eye on, so many sure that you get tickets once they go on sale.
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