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John Williams on Episode VII

Exited to be working with JJ

By Robert T. Trate     May 28, 2013
Source: Total Film.com

What is Star Wars without John Williams? Hopefully, that is something we won’t have to face for a long time. The next installment of Star Wars looks as if it have Williams on board. Nothing official yet, but Williams spoke with Total Film about meeting with director J.J. Abrams. 


“We’ve certainly talked about that, and I’m happy and willing to do it,” says Williams. “J.J. Abrams, who will be the director, seems excited about the idea. I have to say that J.J. is a much younger man than I, but I will try to keep up with him as much as I can.”


“We now have the benefit of all this computer simulation and technical work that wasn’t even possible 20 or 25 years ago,” the great maestro said. 


In regards to his old collaborator George Lucas, Williams said:


“I don’t know how hands-on George Lucas will be — I suspect he will be to some degree — but I can only imagine how excited he must be, to have a director like J.J. have all these tools at his fingertips to produce something even more adventurous technologically. I can’t wait to see what he will do with it.”


A strange litmus test for Star Wars post John Williams might be Man of Steel. Even director Bryan Singer used Williams’ theme in Superman Returns. Can Zach Snyder’s Man of Steel fly with John Williams? Can Star Wars truly be that galaxy far far away without a great John Williams' score? 


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kinetoscope 5/28/2013 9:59:32 AM

I love J Williams. The man can take something good and make it great. He "borrows" a lot. If you haven't ever listened to "Holst: The Planets" it's worth the listen. You can hear some big parts of the Star Wars music taken from here.  Either way... I hope he does this movie.

 

ElBaz13 5/28/2013 11:22:34 AM

Great choice for musical score. I heard this guy was not bad.

CalamityJohnson 5/28/2013 1:05:13 PM

...like you heard it through the grapevine? I am hoping that was sarcasm.

John Williams' score for Star Wars , Empire, RoTJ are among the best ever. The titular tune is perhaps the most recognizable movie tune of all time. Mr. Williams may have a lot on his resume, but his work on Star Wars stands head and shoulders above the rest. Not sure what magic he's got left in the tank, but given my respect for him, I'm happy he's on the project.

ObiWannaJones 5/28/2013 4:44:58 PM

 You forgot to mention the movie that put John Williams on the map (and won him his first Academy Award):

Jaws.  If you Google/Bing the greatest film scores of all time, John Williams has at least 1/3 of the top 20. 

Jaws, Star Wars, Superman, Close Encounters, Raiders of the Lost Ark, ET, Harry Potter, Schindlers List, Jurassic Park, The Patriot, Saving Private Ryan, Midway, Multiple Olympics, Lost in Space (TV; both themes penned under the name Johnny Williams), NBC Nightly News; the list goes on and on and on. 

There will never be another John Willams. 

Z4RQUON 5/28/2013 6:31:27 PM

 Somebody needs to download John Williams' brain onto a computer mainframe so that when he dies we will have a digital backup to meet our scoring needs!

HarryTuttle 5/29/2013 7:42:40 AM

 "Exited to be working with JJ"

Exited what to be working with JJ?

Dazzler 5/30/2013 3:45:20 AM

I hope he not does not get too generic like for prequel crap.  One one good cue for each of those.  My favorite being the Darth Maul theme ripped off by Annie later.  I do like the arabian sounding cue also.  I forgot my third favorite which tells you something there.  

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