J.J. Abrams Expecting John Williams to Score 'Star Wars: Episode VII'
by Ethan Anderton
April 30, 2013
"It's as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced." Today nerds like myself can breathe at least one sigh of relief when it comes to the development of Star Wars: Episode VII from director J.J. Abrams. While the scores for all of the Star Wars films under the direction of George Lucas have been provided by the legendary John Williams, many had wondered whether Abrams would instead use his go-to composer Michael Giacchino, who has composed music for films like Star Trek, Super 8 and Mission: Impossible III, not to mention series like "Lost." Now we have a pretty solid answer.
While Williams seemed to indicate his readiness to compose music for the new trilogy at a recent concert, TrekMovie Abrams himself essentially confirmed the composer's involvement during a Star Trek Into Darkness press conferece. Despite avoiding a variety of questions about Star Wars, Abrams did say that he expects John Williams to return and compose the score for Episode VII. However, one has to wonder if maybe Disney should bring in Michael Giacchino to at least work with Williams a bit. After all, the composer is 81-years-old now, and it might be nice to have someone already ready to inherit the saga if Williams should pass away. Either way, this is some damn good news right?
I love all the original players in the Star Wars films, but this was sold to the public as a "fresh take" so I'll feel a bit lied to if they don't use some young talent and new perspectives.
Matt Peloquin on Apr 30, 2013
The "fresh take" is J.J. Abrams and not the Lucas the "fossil"
Steven on Apr 30, 2013
True, but if JJ runs to Lucas with every question and brings back all the original cast and crew than we're just going to get a repeat of episodes 1-3.
Matt Peloquin on May 1, 2013
Yeah... as much as I love Williams (which is a lot), I hope they have a contingency plan for the possibility of him passing on or becoming unable to compose any more. I like the idea of whoever the new person is working along with Williams to try and blend their composing style into the film.
Phillip Gockel on Apr 30, 2013
This makes perfect sense. When making new Star Wars films, you have to walk a fine line between doing the same thing over again and delivering something new. I think it makes sense to keep Williams for at least the next 3 episodes, and let other composers get introduced through the spin-off films. One way or another, John Williams pretty much IS Star Wars music.
Chris Groves on Apr 30, 2013
I'm a huge John Williams Fan and am extremely delighted to hear about his involvement however I am too concerned if something should happen to him and the future movies suffer because of it. I just hope they do indeed have a back up plan and John: "May the Force be with you"
N. on Apr 30, 2013
Cool, but honestly, what situation is there really where the Mos Eisley cantina song can't be used as a score?! None, I tell you!
Neuromancer on Apr 30, 2013
John Williams is done. His last few outtings including the recent SW trilogy and Indy 4 were uninspired and uninspiring. JJ Abrams should look to new blood.
MiniFig on Apr 30, 2013
Troll of epic proportions.
Sascha Dikiciyan on Apr 30, 2013
These "Outings" you refer to are still far superior to many composers working today. Williams is so much more than 'Star Wars' or 'Indiana Jones' ie; This years Oscar nominated, 'Lincoln', last years 'Tin Tin' and 'Warhourse' all wonderful, powerful and far from uninspired!
lattimore on May 1, 2013
I agree with you. I'm a fan from decades ago, but his recent scores probably reflect the uninspirational material he's working on. Garbage in, garbage out.
mistermysteryguest on May 2, 2013
He'd have been a damn fool to not go with Williams.
grimjob on Apr 30, 2013
John Williams is Star Wars!!! Not only did he create the most memorable piece of film music in history, but with this Masterpiece, ushered in a a whole new era of orchestral scoring to cinema goers. While I agree a collaboration is warranted/necessary, a new film without the intrinsic, underlying thematics that Williams created, would loose one of, if not THE most important characters in the Star Wars universe. May the force be with you 'Jonny' Always!
lattimore on Apr 30, 2013
I might also add this link to AFI's list of "The 25 Greatest Film Scores of All Time" - http://www.afi.com/100years/scores.aspx NOTE: #1 STAR WARS - John Williams
lattimore on Apr 30, 2013
If John Williams can't be able to score the new Star Wars movie, my vote will be on Joel McNeely to replace him. His work on Shadows of the Empire is great.
HarryFiddleSticks on May 1, 2013
Good news. I hope he involves Giacchino in some fashion though. A collaboration would be most desirable, if nothing more than the legend mentoring the "new kid". Then they could go over to Bear McCreary's house for cocktails afterwards. 😀
avconsumer2 on May 1, 2013
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