John Williams Sounds Likely to Return for the New 'Star Wars' Trilogy
He's returning again to the galaxy far, far away. We've been waiting to hear details about who George Lucas might be wrangling up for the new Star Wars trilogy starting in 2015, with confirmation just last week that Harrison Ford will be back as Solo. Sorry fans of Michael Giacchino hoping that with J.J. Abrams directing he might get him to take over, it sounds like composer John Williams (with Lincoln nominated this year) is excited to return to score more Star Wars, as it's his theme that is so memorable and it only makes sense. The news comes from an opening quote Williams gave just before playing the Star Wars theme at the Young Musician's Foundation Debut Orchestra last night (via ComingSoon) confirming his interest in doing more.
Here's the quotes directly from the John Williams Fan Network forum post by "karelm" about the concert:
"We're about to play Star Wars [audience interrupts with cheers] and each time we play it, I'm reminded of the first time we played it decades ago. Neither I, nor George, nor anyone else involved thought this would go far or in a few years there would be a sequel and I'd have to revisit the themes…and years later another trilogy. 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]."
While that doesn't sound like any complete confirmation that he's going to be returning, it sounds like he's certainly interested and planning for it. And I have a feeling if John Williams wants to come back and score the new trilogy, they will definitely let him come back and score the new trilogy. Though, of course, anything could happen and I am quite curious to see if Abrams could somehow convince them to work with Michael Giacchino in some way. Plus, who is going to score the spin-off standalone movies? Or is it too early to talk about those before they even have a director or barely a screenplay? At least we know Williams will probably be back. Even his scores for the prequels were great. We're always watching for the latest Star Wars news.