And Disney/Lucasfilm will ask him to score the upcoming movies, right? I mean. They can’t do new Star Wars movies without John Williams. ‘Twould be blasphemy.
At a concert for the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra, which Williams conducted, the Star Wars maestro paused to speak about the upcoming films, saying:
“Each time we play [the Star Wars theme], I’m reminded of the first time we played it decades ago. Neither I, nor George [Lucas], 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.”
It’s an obvious choice for LucasFilm to bring back Williams for the sequels, especially since he seems willing to do so. But there’s one part of that quote that gives me pause: “continued work with George.” What we’ve heard about the upcoming trilogy and spinoff films indicates that Lucas won’t really be involved in the day-to-day all that much (please let this be true). And J.J. Abrams has his own favorite composer in Michael Giacchino, who’s collaborated with him on Star Trek, Super 8, Lost, Alias, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol… pretty much everything, really.
I can’t imagine that they wouldn’t bring back Williams, though. I’m sure Giacchino will understand. He’s John Williams. He created the original theme. His Duel of the Fates was one of the few good things about The Phantom Menace. And he sounds amenable to working on the new movies. Lock ‘im in for at least the sequel trilogy if you can, LucasFilm.