John Williams to Score Next 'Indiana Jones' + 'Star Wars' + One More
It's official! Legendary composer John Williams has at least three more movie scores in the works. This week, Williams was honored by the AFI with a Lifetime Achievement Award at a grand ceremony filled with celebrities. During the event, members of the press had the chance to talk with him and they confirmed a few details. First, Williams will definitely be scoring Rian Johnson's upcoming Star Wars: Episode VIII - arriving in December of 2017. That seems pretty obvious, especially considering his score for The Force Awakens earned him an Oscar nomination. Next, Williams also confirmed he'll be scoring the new Indiana Jones movie that was recently announced with Steven Spielberg returning to direct. Again, not a surprise.
The "one more" project he is working on is Steven Spielberg's next movie, the adaptation of Ready Player One currently in pre-production. That's exciting news as that movie is coming together even better than expected, since it's one helluva geeky story and who better to get to score it than John freakin' Williams. Here's one of the tweets from the event announcing the news about the two other projects being confirmed:
— Scott Mantz (@MovieMantz) June 10, 2016
The other confirmation about Ready Player One was included in the Variety write-up on the event. That adaptation is based on Ernie Cline's book and will star Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Mark Rylance, Simon Pegg and T.J. Miller. Variety also added this fantastic quote from Williams about returning to keep scoring the new Star Wars trilogy we're experiencing. "If I can do it, I certainly will. I told Kathy Kennedy I’m happy to do it, but the real reason is, I didn’t want anybody else writing music for Daisy Ridley." Indeed. Rey's Theme is one of my favorite parts of his score for The Force Awakens, and with her storyline growing in this next movie, it's vital that Williams is back to provide the final emotional touch to her character. Bring it on.
For now, we have to wait at least another year or two until we hear the next John Williams score (his score for The BFG will be available starting July). But it will certainly be worth the wait, no doubt about it. His score for The Force Awakens was utterly sublime and he seems to create his best work when he's passionate about characters in stories he loves. We'll be watching development on all of these projects as they continue.