John Williams Sounds Likely to Return for the New 'Star Wars' Trilogy

February 17, 2013
Source: JWFan

John Williams Star Wars

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.

Find more posts: Discuss, Hype, Star Wars



Makes sense. Though there was the question of whether Michael Giacchino would score it as you mentioned.

福 赐 天上 on Feb 17, 2013


I would have been cool with that, but you can't really beat Williams for Star Wars

Chris Groves on Feb 18, 2013


Valid. I'm honestly a little surprised he wants to come back. Thought he'd be tired of it.

福 赐 天上 on Feb 18, 2013


I'm glad he's not. He IS Star Wars as far as the music is concerned.

Chris Groves on Feb 18, 2013


Great! That'll help it feel cohesive no matter how different their style is. I didn't really want JJ's music guy doing it...

OfficialJab on Feb 17, 2013


Disappointing. I was really hoping Giacchino would have the chance to take this on.

Cat on Feb 17, 2013


lol - disappointing that John Williams will compose a Star Wars score... that's a first. That's like saying... "OOOOHHhhh noooo... Picasso's going to do my cubist styled portrait? Shucks. Was hoping it'd be that Gleizes fella."

avconsumer2 on Feb 18, 2013


I like this decision.

Xerxexx on Feb 17, 2013


How could anybody but the maestro himself write the score for a Star Wars movie?

DaveLister_JMC on Feb 17, 2013


Episode 1, 2, and 3 music is proof enough he should NOT.

Chris Batty on Feb 17, 2013


Are you nuts? Williams' scores for Episode 1-3 were probably the best thing about them...and I'm not one who hates those movies either.

Chris Groves on Feb 18, 2013


"Battle of Heroes" That track is epic.

Xerxexx on Feb 18, 2013


I disliked the sequels, but the music was top notch. I didn't even buy the S.E. but I bought myself copies of the Episode 1/2/3 soundtrack

Buzzer on Feb 18, 2013


Really? Well Chris, John Willliams could be in a coma and still do a job that would be 10 times better than any other composer out there. If you don't agree, name one who is better

Hattroi Hanzo on Feb 18, 2013


lolwut? I've heard the top tracks live with an orchestra and large choir. I'd venture you're very much... VERY much in the minority on this one sir.

avconsumer2 on Feb 18, 2013


Im sorry Chris, but your an obvious troll on all levels. The music in the prequels was the ONLY good thing about them. Michael G is good but he ain't no williams. If John still has 3 movies in him then i think its wise to let the man who wrote the entire SW saga do his job.

Buzzfunk on Feb 18, 2013


John Wiliams is the best and perfect for Star Wars! He is getting old, though! Hope he makes it through the next trilogy. God willing!

JediBilly on Feb 17, 2013


Aside from "THE INCREDIBLES", I have never been that impressed by Giacchino's work.

lee66132000 on Feb 17, 2013


"Parting Words" Lost "Arnhem" Medal of Honor

Xerxexx on Feb 18, 2013


"...confirmation just last week that Harrison Ford will be back as Solo" It has been confirmed??

David Banner on Feb 18, 2013


No, Lucasfilm has NOT confirmed it.

Guest on Feb 18, 2013


I guess this is an indicator of how much freedom JJ is going to have on this picture.

Davide Coppola on Feb 18, 2013


Great news since George Lucas gave up the franchise to Disney. Keep those Star Wars tracks coming John Williams you are definitely the man!!

BinaryChaos on Feb 18, 2013


That probably made Abrams's job harder, actually. Directors typically like working with their own composers (they tend to complement each other), so now that Williams has expressed interest, he probably feels obligated to at least consider having him compose the score. It's win-win for me. Love to hear Williams do it again, but also curious to see what Giacchino could do, too.

mandawg on Feb 18, 2013


I love John, he's still the best working composer IMHO. Although his output in recent years doesn't necessarily measure up to his past works from the 70's/80's era he still manages to compose brilliant works that are light years better than other composers working today. I think part of the problem is he is totally uninspired by the material he is working on. I think Tin Tin was his best score in years, it was evident that he was excited by the material he was presented. He obviously still has "it" so let him go out with a bang, Star Wars was not his first rodeo but it made him a household name. And can we all agree that his music is just as important to Star Wars as is the Skywalker family and Light sabers. Ultimately I think a collaboration between he and Giacchino is not out of the question. In the past Williams and William Ross did something similar to that on Harry Potter

Me Again on Feb 18, 2013


Some things are meant to be.....this is one of them.

lattimore on Feb 18, 2013

New comments are no longer allowed on this post.



Subscribe to our feed or daily newsletter:

Follow Alex's main account on Twitter:

For only the latest posts - follow this:

Add our posts to your Feedlyclick here

Get all the news sent on Telegram Telegram