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?