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Should We Expect John Williams For Star Wars VII?

Is it possible to look at this picture and not hear the opening chords of the Star Wars theme?

But to answer my first question briefly, yes. To answer it less briefly, almost certainly yes, come on, Disney might be a giant conglomerate prone to the mistakes of all giant conglomerates, but they’re not that dumb.

Williams has already said he’d be up for it, though Disney later confirmed that no specific arrangements had been made yet. But now even J.J. Abrams is easily admitting that this might be a project where it’d be good for the director to take a break from his usual composer, Michael Giacchino. From Digital Spy:

Michael Giacchino is an incredible composer, who I was lucky enough to begin working with on Alias. He’s truly one of the most influential members of our crew, and I think [with the Star Trek Into Darkness] score he really outdid himself. For Star Wars, it’s very early days, but I believe that, going forward, John Williams will be doing that film, because he was there long before I was.

Whatever else there is to say about the Star Wars prequels (and there’s lots) I remember being very impressed with Williams’ work on the movies. It’s not every artist who could return to a work they’d completed nearly two decades ago and expand on it, and I almost don’t even think about how wooden Anakin and Padme’s romantic relationship is when I listen to “Across the Stars.”


(via Digital Spy.)

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  • Anonymous

    Perhaps the question is, should we DEMAND John Williams?

  • Anonymous

    I have to agree, although if they do like in Superman Returns and have Williams compose or use his earlier sheet music and have Giacchino do the conducting… I would be marginally satisfied, but time will tell…

  • Alice Ruppert

    When we had a chance to meet him three weeks ago, my friend asked Michael Giacchino if he was interested in composing the score to Episode VII. He said the thing he was most looking forward to about that movie was the possibility of hearing a new Star Wars score by John Williams.

  • Carl Jackson

    What might be preferable is to have Williams compose but pick an heir apparent that can work with him. The problem is going to be that eventually he’s too old to do them and in my experience people who try to keep his themes but write their own stuff are often quite forgettable. Someone to collaborate on themes though might mean that when Williams eventually stops, you already have a “Star Wars Ready” composer waiting.

  • Megan

    Why is this even a question???

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, my first thought was “My God, how old is Williams?” (81.) Having a collaborator/heir lined up might work out very nicely.