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J.J. Abrams Says John Williams Likely To Return To Score ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’

J.J. Abrams Says John Williams Likely To Return To Score 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Or something like that. With Kathleen Kennedy hinting at a slightly more open book once “Star Wars: Episode VII” starts moving in earnest, so far most of the rumors about the new sequels have been centered on the old cast likely to return. And it seems in another department, Disney is sticking with the familiar rather than trying to shake up a formula that works.

Speaking at a press conference in Germany for “Star Trek Into Darkness,” J.J. Abrams was inevitably asked a few questions about the ‘Star Wars’ movie he’ll be directing, and while he generally gently deflected the inquiries, he did let slip a little bit of info about who will score the movie. “For ‘Star Wars,’ it’s every early days to know, but I believe that going forward, John Williams will be [scoring] that film,” he said, jokingly adding: “Because, apparently, he was there long before I was.”

Indeed, it was Williams who dreamt up the now iconic theme song for the original movie — and worked on the subsequent sequels and preequels — and Abrams is likely excited to be working with man who scored nearly single movie of his hero, Steven Spielberg. However, we can’t help but be a little bummed about not getting the chance to hear what Abrams’ frequent collaborator Michael Giacchino would have come up with. Disney is toeing a very tight line between servicing the history of the franchise and doing something new and it will be interesting to see how else that manifests itself down the line.

Until then, “Star Trek Into Darkness” opens on May 17th. Watch the press conference below. [Trek Movie]

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Hiring a composer who imitates John Williams at every opportunity would not be shaking things up. Don't hire the imitator, go to the source. Giacchino will most likely get his chance with the spinoffs. I'm secretly hoping Disney brings back Daft Punk for one of the spinoffs if it's appropriate.


A song has vocals/lyrics. John Williams wrote the Star Wars theme, not the Star Wars theme song.

Alan B

Charlie Schmidlin's article questioning whether Michael Giacchino would be "a better choice" for these films was an insult to Williams, one of our finest composer. Williams was as important an element to the 'Star Wars' saga as the script or the actors, and Williams should choose whether he wants to work with the new filmmakers, not the other way around.

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