John Williams Talks MAN OF STEEL And Possibly Returning For STAR WARS: EPISODE VII

Confirming that he's "talked about" returning to score Disney's Star Wars: Episode VII, legendary composer John Williams also shares his thoughts on director J.J. Abrams. Additionally, he talks about Man Of Steel and how watching it will be "bittersweet".

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By Paul Romano - 5/25/2013


Speaking with Zap2It, iconic composer John Williams talks about June 14th's Man Of Steel. Among the many memorable movie scores he composed was the 1978 Superman film, so what does he think of this new installment starring the legendary character (which will be composed by Hans Zimmer)? "I haven't seen it, but I'm sure it will be wonderful. I don't know if they've used any of the original music or not; it's a Warner Bros. film, in which case, they certainly have the right to do so (having also made the earlier 'Superman' movies). I hope it will be successful, and I look forward to seeing it." However, he admits that watching this new film will be be "bittersweet", not entirely because of the new music, but because of Christopher Reeve's excellent performance as Superman. "It puts me in mind of the late Chris Reeve, who we all loved so much. It's going to be hard for me not to let go of the music, but to let go of the idea of Superman being Chris. I thought he not only made that project successful, he embodied what all of us imagine Superman to look like if he could be given skin and bone, I think."

Williams also discusses Disney's Star Wars: Episode VII, which will be released in 2015. While it apparently isn't a done deal yet, he confirms that there have been talks about his returning, and he has nothing but positive things to say about director J.J. Abrams. "We've certainly talked about that, and I'm happy and willing to do it. 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!" The composer then expresses his interest in seeing a new take on the legendary franchise. "We now have the benefit of all this computer simulation and technical work that wasn't even possible 20 or 25 years ago. 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." Would you like to see John Williams return to score Star Wars: Episode VII?
Source: Zap2It
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DrDoom - 5/25/2013, 10:12 AM
PLEASE DO IT
SpectacularJoShFest - 5/25/2013, 10:42 AM
Using the original 1978 score would have been retarded, mr Williams.
NeoBaggins - 5/25/2013, 10:42 AM
Ain't nothin bitter sweet but these nuts mayne. Don't worry about Man of Steel. Zimmer got that. Head back to STAR WARS where you belong.
California - 5/25/2013, 10:45 AM
Episodes I-III were about using the new technology in storytelling and they didn't turn out as great as they could have. I hope Episodes 7-9 will be about a balance of practical & GGI.
GamerKT - 5/25/2013, 10:52 AM
Grif = mad.
Ragnaroknroll - 5/25/2013, 10:57 AM
I'm surprised and disappointed by some very disrespectful comments about a legend who has scored some of the most iconic film soundtracks ever.
supermarioworldE - 5/25/2013, 11:00 AM
It's touching how strongly Williams feels about Reeve and his performance in the original superman.
MrMartinMarvel - 5/25/2013, 11:01 AM
@GamerKT That's Grif.
rbfn04 - 5/25/2013, 11:01 AM
Williams' theme was perfect. I understand why they won't use it. But man that theme is still just [frick]ing perfect
Ceejay - 5/25/2013, 11:04 AM
Get over Christopher Reeve already, his portrayal was cheesy as hell. He may have been Superman for my generation growing up in the 70's and 80's but his films were terrible and his physique was hardly impressive. All what they did back then suited its time to some degree but would be totally out of sync with todays audience expectations.

Move on for crissakes!
Boyle360 - 5/25/2013, 11:09 AM
Williams is fantastic, but he's really getting old.
I kinda hope they get someone new to score Episode VII, I'd like to hear a fresh take on the original Star Wars themes.
MrMartinMarvel - 5/25/2013, 11:09 AM
@Ceejay *Gives evil eye*
Curmudgeon - 5/25/2013, 11:18 AM
I caught the Man of Steel commercial yesterday, while I had the tv on mute.

All that went through my head while it played was the Williams theme.
LexHairFight - 5/25/2013, 11:24 AM
He is the best. No one has been able to create an iconic score anywhere near some of his.
oldnoname - 5/25/2013, 11:30 AM
Seems like a nice fellow
ricko8687 - 5/25/2013, 11:35 AM
John Williams score is iconic but I'm sure Zimmers score will be great
dudemanjac - 5/25/2013, 11:38 AM
Who are you telling to get over Reeve? A man who actually knew and worked with him? How about this? For some, Reeve is Superman. The image of him in that suit regardless of what you thought about his body is what is burned in. But williams actually knew the man. Think about that when you tell him to just get over it.

As for Grif, clearly you care or you wouldn't have clicked on an article that told you it was about Williams' opinion.
rkshuttleworth - 5/25/2013, 11:42 AM
I'm ever nostalgic so I always want the originals back. As for episodes 1-3 that may be part of the reason that episodes 4-6 were not as great. I want to see John Williams do the score as well as all the original actors back possible to portray their roles.
kalel38 - 5/25/2013, 11:52 AM
@griff you really don't know what your f**ckin talking about,do you?
rbfn04 - 5/25/2013, 11:57 AM
How long til someone writes "IT'S REEVE NOT REEVES! CHRISTOPHER REEVE" those always crack me up
AC1 - 5/25/2013, 12:09 PM
He has to do Star Wars. Looking forward to Episode 7 as a Star Wars fan, simply because the franchise is so shit already (thanks to the prequels) that the only way is up. In all likelihood, Episode 7 will look like a masterpiece compared to the prequels at least - and who knows, maybe it'll even turn out to be a worthy successor to the original trilogy?
sameoldthing - 5/25/2013, 12:23 PM
@Ceejay
Your such a goofy sonofabitch.
Reeve was great as Superman/Clark Kent.

The first two are classic & had chessy moments but the tone was different back in the late 70's.
MOS looks awesome but why compare it to the Donner films..both deserve praise.
Newbus - 5/25/2013, 12:24 PM
"We now have the benefit of all this computer simulation and technical work that wasn't even possible 20 or 25 years ago."

But the old film scores sound a million times better than today's compositions. And that why he should return for Star Wars.
AC1 - 5/25/2013, 12:26 PM
@Ceejay most older movies would be out of sync with today's audience expectations, that doesn't make them bad movies. If anything, the majority of movies being released NOW are garbage compared to older movies.

To complain about something being out of sync with today's audiences is a completely redundant complaint to make - just take Citizen Kane, or Vertigo, The Godfather, or even the first Star Wars - they're "old" movies, all older than Superman (Citizen Kane is 72 years old!), and they're revered by most as some of the greatest films of all time. And by no means am I saying that Superman is even close to being as good as any of those movies - far from it in fact, I think it's decent but I'm expecting Man Of Steel to blow it away - but you have to respect it for what it accomplished, and respect that it is a part of cinema history. I'm just saying time has nothing to do with the quality of a movie.

Of course, you're entitled to your opinion if you believe that newer movies are better than older ones, but I think most would agree that release dates aren't important.

Plus, I think Williams has a right to not be 'over' Reeve's portrayal of Superman, considering he worked on the movies, probably knew him, and that Superman was the actor's most iconic role, and that this is the first Superman movie to depart from his version since he died (since Returns was an homage/sequel to the first two movies).
WackyBantha - 5/25/2013, 12:30 PM
Happy 30th Birthday, ROTJ!!!
PapaII - 5/25/2013, 12:40 PM
Ceejay, don't be a douche. Reeves was a perfect casting for a perfect product of it's time. He's legendary.
BarackObama - 5/25/2013, 12:41 PM
why would i give a shit what GRIF thinks of JOHN WILLIAMS? GRIF is a burnt out has been. his gimmick got stale years ago. shit posts are shit.
TheAbomination - 5/25/2013, 12:44 PM
John Williams' music helped cement the awesome legacy of the original trilogy and it was one of the few good things about the prequels. If they don't hire him for Episode VII, I'm boycotting this movie.
TyrantBoss - 5/25/2013, 12:48 PM
There comes a time when you have to move on. The sale of LucasFilm is the perfect time to do so. Should John Williams be involved? Yes, but there will have to be another Star Wars without John Williams since Disney plans on releasing a Star Wars titled film every year or so., and John Williams is no spring chicken.

Now is as good a time as any to introduce a new composer to the franchise.
lysander - 5/25/2013, 12:50 PM
"Disney's" Star Wars: Episode VII? Right, like Disney's Iron Man 3? Disney's The Avengers?

Star Wars is still a Lucasfilm property. The company just so happens to be owned by Disney, a company who also owns porn production companies. In any case, have you guys seen Disney's Big Booty Milfs 3?
INSTANTJUSTICE - 5/25/2013, 12:50 PM
@Ceejay



I can't believe someone is criticising 81 year-old John Williams for his fondly remembering Reeves' Superman and the films they were both involved in- then telling him to 'move on'. Move on to what? Liking Henry Cavill? Fúck off.

They're his memories of the people and work he knew in a past generation; what does it matter and why care what he thinks?


At least GRIF has a sense of humour.
Brainiac13 - 5/25/2013, 1:29 PM
True legend!!
DCeddie - 5/25/2013, 1:52 PM
Williams Superman theme STILL gives me chills...everytime I watch the scene of Clark changing into Superman and flying up to catch Lois and the helicopter, the music just gets me..LOVE IT!

And I love the new theme for MOS, but the fan trailers ie seen with the Williams theme cut in are a million times better...that theme IS Superman...there is just nothing as triumphant, NOTHING!
Maia87 - 5/25/2013, 2:19 PM
John Williams is done.
I absolutely love his work on 'Indiana Jones', 'Close Encounters', 'Hook', 'Jaws'...but come on, that was 30 years ago.
mynetsohbet - 5/25/2013, 2:20 PM
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Tempo - 5/25/2013, 3:50 PM
BIG RESPECT!
Panoramacon - 5/25/2013, 6:20 PM
George Reeves will always be Superman to me.
Tevii - 5/25/2013, 6:22 PM
Maia87 - you make it sound like he hasn't done anything since. He's continued to work since then
dnno1 - 5/25/2013, 7:56 PM
SamHell - 5/25/2013, 8:05 PM
Chris Reeves was not a small guy by no means
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