J.J. Abrams Believes That John Williams Will Return To Score STAR WARS: EPISODE VII

When asked if he would reunite with regular composer Michael Giacchino for the highly anticipated sequel, Star Wars: Episode VII director J.J. Abrams sounds rather certain that original composer John Williams will return to score.

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By Paul Romano - 4/30/2013


Ever since J.J. Abrams signed on to direct 2015's Star Wars: Episode VII for Disney and Lucasfilm earlier this year, it has been widely speculated that he would hire frequent composer Michael Giacchino (Star Trek Into Darkness, Super 8) for the highly anticipated sequel. Giacchino himself said that he would prefer to see John Williams, who scored the original Star Wars films, to return for the next installment in the space saga. At a recent press conference for Star Trek Into Darkness in Berlin, Abrams is asked about the possibility of Giacchino also moving from Star Trek to Star Wars, and he had this to say about that and his Into Darkness score. "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 this score, he really outdid himself. Again, 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." You can watch the rest of the press conference with Abrams and the cast of Star Trek Into Darkness below. Who do you think should score Star Wars: Episode VII?











Source: Via Trek Movie
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sups92 - 4/30/2013, 11:33 AM
Thats good because John Williams is the man!! Although he is getting real old.
TheAbomination - 4/30/2013, 11:36 AM
Throw money at him if you have to. Star Wars needs Williams.
PsychoManiacJacky - 4/30/2013, 11:36 AM
Wow speaking of recycling old themes once again, can't they even attempt something new for once. How unoriginal there is thousands of other great composers out there and they are washing out the same one. The original Star Wars films are over, get rid of the theme. That was then and this is now. It is time to make a different statement.

How about this...



Daft Punk could surely make a great space epic theme. If they revolved around the technological themes in Tron Legacy perfectly why not go for something more epic.

MrMartinMarvel - 4/30/2013, 11:37 AM
He better! A Star Wars without John Williams is like breakfast without bacon.
CavEl - 4/30/2013, 11:37 AM
Since he ain't scoring Superman, Williams gots all the time in the world.
CavEl - 4/30/2013, 11:38 AM
Zimmer's theme kicks alls kinds of ass!
NoAssemblyReqd - 4/30/2013, 11:39 AM
He'd better be on board! But it would be awesome if Michael Giacchino would also be around as a co-composer. The torch will have to be passed on eventually, so best to plant the seeds of that now.
Rowsdower - 4/30/2013, 11:40 AM
The new younger Han Solo will meet old Mark Hamill in an ice cave and give him a Jedi Mind Meld.
BIGBMH - 4/30/2013, 11:43 AM
@TheMysteriousStranger, I hope you were kidding. If not...

Ceejay - 4/30/2013, 11:52 AM
I think Michael Giacchino is selling himself short, he's quite an accomplished composer with some stand out productions behind him. His soundtrack for Pixar's The Incredibles was outstanding. The music he provided for JJ Abrahm's Star Trek movie was the only undeniable quality feature in the movie.
IIIAdamantiumIII - 4/30/2013, 11:52 AM
lol starwars was all about "classical music"
Mike89 - 4/30/2013, 11:56 AM
It wont feel like Star Wars Without Williams's score in the movie.
Curmudgeon - 4/30/2013, 11:58 AM
Good. I HATE it when series switch up composers.

God, don't you just wish there were more classic, everlasting themes for modern CBM's? The way Williams' Superman theme and Elfman's Batman theme are... themes you could hum from memory, long after you forget the reboot of the reboot of the reboot of your favorite characters?

You don't get that from hiring Daft Punk.
SpectacularJoShFest - 4/30/2013, 12:01 PM
I don't mind having him back...but his work in the prequels was not on par with his previous work...nothing memorable came from the prequels,not even the score.
nach1wan - 4/30/2013, 12:01 PM
@TheMysteriousStranger you are insane, this is star wars. it wouldnt fit at all. daft punk works for newer franchises, not goddamn old ones
exe - 4/30/2013, 12:02 PM
Can't believe Abrams got this gig. He is not that good.
HBarnill - 4/30/2013, 12:02 PM
This basically confirms that Williams will be the composer. Williams himself said that he hopes to score the new movies and Abrams wants him to score them.
nach1wan - 4/30/2013, 12:03 PM
@SpectacularJoShFest i remember when i was a kid and i thought the love theme from ep II was awesome... weird huh?
but seriously, duel of the fates and a couple more tracks in climatic battles were awesome
PsychoManiacJacky - 4/30/2013, 12:06 PM
Ha at you people still living in the same old time era, get with the new century why don't yah. Just like an old man complaining white bread is different these days. This is a film meant to appeal to a new generation of Star Wars fans alike. In order to obtain the appeal they must go with a new flow. You people are just stuck in the same year the first Star Wars film was released. As much as I loved the original Star Wars films there is many things about them that are outdated to today's own standards. If you are going with a new director and new story direction, it's better to go with a new theme and score. If this doesn't sound epic too you, then your hearing aids are seriously broken...



Welcome to the 21st Century people and get with it.
GodzillaKart - 4/30/2013, 12:16 PM
It will take a lot for me to get excited about new star wars movies. Loved them as a kid, but don't really care about that world anymore.

@TheMysteriousStranger: I certainly wouldn't mind some updating of the music, with elements of the JW theme. That Daft Punk track worked for Tron (too bad the movie sucked) but would be all wrong for Star Wars.
poop23 - 4/30/2013, 12:16 PM
Star Wars score by daft punk is probably the worst idea of anything I've heard all year. I'm going to try and pretend I didn't read that
marvel72 - 4/30/2013, 12:17 PM
YES! YES! YES! it wouldn't feel like a star wars movie without him.

@ gusto

who are they?
PsychoManiacJacky - 4/30/2013, 12:25 PM
Another example of Daft Punk's contribution to a cinematic film...



and if anyone remembers M83's recent contribution to Oblivion...



Seriously people it's for a modern update, it is.
SpectacularJoShFest - 4/30/2013, 12:33 PM
Hash pipe! Where's my hash pipe?...oh...what's that band there Gussy?
Newbus - 4/30/2013, 12:37 PM
I like DaftPunks latest track but John Williams is Star Wars.
Tom01992 - 4/30/2013, 12:50 PM
To the people suggesting Daft Punk for the score, are you [frick]ing serious? lol
ndwwrestler2 - 4/30/2013, 12:51 PM
Daft Punk works for High Tech Thriller films, but not Star Wars.

I say Michael Giacchino. You can't listen to the score for JJ Abrams first Star Trek movie and didn't think of Star Wars.
gaikinger - 4/30/2013, 1:00 PM
why wouldn't Williams say yes. the music has never been the problem with Star Wars so thats not the place to make changes you twits.
INSTANTJUSTICE - 4/30/2013, 1:01 PM





TheMysteriousStranger : "The original Star Wars films are over, get rid of the theme."


What, you mean those old Star Wars films that these are sequels to?

Star Wars is old, get over it. If you want 'new', watch something else.



The Tron sound aesthetic does not suit Star Wars.

You need better Judgement.






marvel72 - 4/30/2013, 1:03 PM
@ gusto

yeah i've heard of the group weezer but i didn't know who they were from that photo & logo.
Tom01992 - 4/30/2013, 1:19 PM
I'M JUST A TEENAGE DIRTBAG BABY!!!!
Ramiel - 4/30/2013, 1:21 PM
John Williams: Best of all time!
Panoramacon - 4/30/2013, 1:34 PM
Good news, I hope. I know artists tend to get less creative when they get older and Williams will have to create new scores going forward since relying on the old themes beyond the title score just won't work anymore i.e. The Imperial March since Vacer/Anakin is dead (And should remain so). If Williams meets the challenge then we just need a good editor that will crank up the volumes in the right places (in other words no Ben Burt).

Who is doing the concept art? That's what I want to know. Who ever they are they have surely been working for several months now. I'm surprised no one is asking this? These are the people that will create the look of the ships, settings, costumes and props. If we know who they are, we can check their portfolios online and get some idea of what to expect (creativity: Millennium Falcon, TIE fighters, no creativity: PT airplanes and bladeless helicopters.)
RidiculousFanBoyDemands - 4/30/2013, 1:47 PM
@TheMysteriousStranger

The first thing you learn in a film scoring class is the quickest way to date a movie is use contemporary music. When I was younger I attended two years at Berklee College of music, and we were taught to make the music timeless without succuming completely to contemporary influences. Granted I wasn't the greatest at it hence switching careers and pursuing medicine, but I digress.

While I love me some Daft Punk as much as the next person, in ten or fifteen years it will sound incredibly dated. Imagine if Lucas and Stallone used disco back in the 70's to score their movies. They would be incredibly dated and we wouldn't have the timeless themes those movies produced. The way I see if if you are scoring a space opera, like Star Wars is, then Williams is your man. The Tron score was fantastic, but that style is not right for the Star Wars universe.
beane2099 - 4/30/2013, 1:49 PM
Despite the Star Wars prequels being bad movies, Williams turned out some quality work eqaul to and in some cases greater than his work in the original trilogy. Duel of the Fates, the love theme in Ep II, and Obiwan and Anakin's fight in Ep III are up there with Williams' best work.

For me, the best themes are the ones you can remember and hum to yourself later on. As much as I like Zimmer and Daft punk, I couldn't hum a single bar of Tron Legacy or the Dark Knight trilogy.
Mystery - 4/30/2013, 1:51 PM
John Williams is an incredible artist, I'm sure he can elevate the Star Wars theme in a more modern way, and not just rehash the old theme in the exact same way.

I also loved M83's soundtrack for Oblivion, I wouldn't mind if it is anything other than JW who ends up doing the score.

Still, just because JW did all those soundtracks ages ago, doesn't mean he can't modernize it for todays standards.

Heck, If anyone can it is JW
pintoman - 4/30/2013, 2:06 PM
Who asked that lame question? Was it Giacchino's agent?

It isn't Star Wars without Williams.

And no, it shouldn't be "modernized" or whatever that's supposed to mean.



Facade - 4/30/2013, 2:30 PM
It was a mistake for Snyder not to use the Williams theme regardless of Zimmers ability. To NOT use him for SW would be just as retarded!
kemuael - 4/30/2013, 2:35 PM
I agree with JJ
RidiculousFanBoyDemands - 4/30/2013, 2:57 PM
It wasn't a mistake to use Williams theme facade. They wanted to distance themselves completely from Donnor's Superman. To use the theme would be incredibly confusing, not to mention out of place.

As for Star Wars, Abrams is continuing the story with episode 7, which is why it makes sense for him to use Williams. If Abrams were to make a completely different Star Wars film, with no ties to Lucas's movies then I could see him using a different composer, or asking Williams not to recycle the same themes and come up with something different.
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