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John Williams confirmed to score Star Wars Episodes VII-IX

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It's a case of Return of the Conductor as John Williams continues his Star Wars legacy...

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In this week's unsurprising yet still awesome news, composer John Williams will return for the entire upcoming Star Wars sequel trilogy; that is, Star Wars Episodes VII-IX.

Presumably he's competing with Hans Zimmer for the record of the greatest number of brilliant film scores...

Aside from perhaps George Lucas (who's merely going to be a consultant), John Williams is perhaps the name most synonymous with Star Wars. Not only is his music for the films terrific in its own right, but it also, notwithstanding the films' other merits, drives the action; in keeping with Lucas' inspiration of silent films (where, ironically, music plays a key part). Moreover, much of his music for Star Wars films has become iconic, and so John Williams is essentially the automatic choice to score any given Star Wars movie.

star wars 7 john williamsThat's not to say that there aren't many other very talented composers out there who could bring something fresh to a Star Wars movie (such as director J.J. Abrams' frequent collaborator Michael Giacchino). (Along similar lines, check out Shadowlocked's case for casting a less obvious choice than the otherwise excellent Mark Strong as Lex Luthor.) However, the main argument for anyone other than John Williams would simply be to give new guys a chance to bring something fresh to the table (as with George Lucas effectively handing over Star Wars to a new generation of filmmakers), and that's arguably trumped by the fact that, well, John Williams is John Williams. And, arguably, that John Williams is Star Wars.

Perhaps John Williams will provide a much-needed (musical) bridge between the old and the new of Star Wars. When Star Wars Episode VII director J.J. Abrams rebooted Star Trek (incidentally, being more of a Star Wars fan), the fresh approach that he brought to the franchise worked in remarkable synergy with the callbacks and references to the mythology that screenwriters Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman (both die-hard Star Trek fans) incorporated. So perhaps Abrams' take on the Star Wars franchise will take a similar approach.

And they've still left open the possibility of bringing in other composers for the various one-off Star Wars spin-off films, which will alternative with Episodes VII, VIII, and IX; should John Williams not have the time to do everything. This way round makes most sense, since John Williams is most essential for the main saga, whereas the spin-off films could be a chance for official Star Wars films to do something a bit different.

See also:

7 reasons why Star Wars Episode VII could be the highest-grossing film of all time


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#1 Brilliant Film Scores Bob 2013-08-06 03:32
I think I actually just got queasy when I read that John Williams is "presumably competing with Hanz Zimmer for the record of the greatest number of brilliant film scores" Beside the fact that there IS no comparison between the two. I mean really? When Hanz actually completes a "brilliant" score, and a "brilliant" score without the aid of his stable of ghost writers, be sure to let us know. I'm having trouble remembering any melodies from his scores??? I keep hearing the theme from Jaws/Jurassic Park/Indiana Jones/Star Wars/ the list goes on and on in my head.
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