J.J. Abrams Wants John Williams to Compose ‘Star Wars: Episode 7′ Score

Published 2 years ago by , Updated March 3rd, 2014 at 4:40 pm,

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Disney rocked the entertainment world last fall with news that it had acquired Lucasfilm and planned to re-launch the Star Wars film franchise, starting with Episode 7 in 2015. Just as millions of fanboys voices cried out, they were suddenly silenced as the questions started to arise.

Now that we know J.J. Abrams is set to direct the film and that the original trio of lead actors is all but confirmed to return, one big remaining question is whether or not John Williams – who composed the music for all six episodes of the Star Wars saga (yes, even the much-debated prequels) will return. The composer himself has expressed interest in coming back, but since then, little has been said of his possible involvement.

Now, according to Trek Movie, Abrams recently said that he expects Williams to return for the film. The report comes from a press conference for Star Trek Into Darkness, which will be scored by longtime Abrams collaborator Michael Giacchino.

Even Giacchino – who would be the most likely replacement to score Episode 7 – expressed his hopes that Williams would return to compose the film’s music.

Speaking to German website Owley.ch, here’s what Giacchino had to say:

“All I can tell you is that the thing that excites me most about a new Star Wars film is the possibility of hearing new John Williams music. I would much rather hear John Williams’ Star Wars score than my music for Star Wars.”

While Giacchino has proven himself a remarkable talent (just see the opening sequence from Pixar’s Up, which earned him an Academy Award), the fact remains that Williams’ music remains one of the most unforgettable and timeless aspects of the Star Wars saga, not to mention one of the least-debated among hardcore fans and casual moviegoers alike.

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The entire goal with Episode VII, it seems, is to recapture the magic of the original trilogy, that indefinable quality that many fans felt the prequels were sorely lacking. This new trilogy has even recruited former Star Wars writer Lawrence Kasdan. If Abrams hopes to achieve that style in his film, he truly does need to bring Williams back to provide the music. Even Superman Returns – which director Bryan Singer intended as a spiritual sequel to the first two Christopher Reeve films – brought back Williams’ main theme from the original 1978 big-screen effort.

However, this being Star Wars, there are bound to be some fans who would prefer that Abrams and his team reinvent the franchise, rather than hewing so closely to its history. To those moviegoers, bringing Williams back might seem like a step back. For the rest of us, this is nothing but good news.

In addition to news of Williams’ likely return, The Wrap reports that Industrial Light & Magic – the company that will be leading the series’ visual effects – is considering setting up a production office in London, in order to take advantage of foreign tax subsidies.

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Dating all the way back to the 1977 original, the Star Wars franchise has frequently set up production facilities in the United Kingdom. So the concept of Episode 7 following suit isn’t exactly the most revealing news. Still, it’s a sign that, yes, the film is slowly coming closer to reality. Expect further updates (including Williams’ potential return) sooner rather than later.

Do you think Abrams should bring Williams back for Star Wars: Episode 7 or give a new composer the chance to put their spin on the franchise? Let us know in the comments section below.

Star Wars: Episode 7 is currently targeting a 2015 release.

Source: TrekMovie, Owley.ch, The Wrap

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  1. Who doesn’t.

  2. I’d love to see John Williams and Michael Giacchino score together. That would be pure epic. But no doubt first choice would be WIlliams.

  3. It’s there for the taking if John wants it.
    After six I am not sure that he should.
    John’s key themes can still be used
    much like in Superman Returns.

    • Pfftt! The Prequel scores were genius as well.

      • I meant John’s themes from all six. Including the prequels.

      • Agreed. Love Pledge & the Arena is my personal favorite.

      • +1. my personal favorites were Battle of the Heroes and Anakin vs Obiwan/Yoda vs Sidious from Episode 3 and Duel of the Fates from Episode 1

    • Why shouldn’t he? It’s not like inspiration dries out after a certain number of films… beside they’re talking about composing, conducting is another matter.

      • I meant for John himself. He would be repeating himself to a degree.
        Not that he could not do it. Obviously, he can still. And using his
        main themes and variations of them does not preclude the
        composing a lot of new material and just conducting.

  4. Excellent

    • Oh man, I loved his music in Lost. I would have been excited to see him score Ep 7.

      • Me too, boogoo. You know Michael would have delivered.

  5. Honestly I’m getting progressively more excited for these movies. It seems that they’re being really thoughtful about the project and there’s plenty of story to bring to the screen. I think Meg from Sourcefed mentioned that a movie a year seemed excessive, unless this next one is amazing. I agree.

  6. Williams is the god of score writing.

    • Actually, there are three gods of music composing. 1-John Williams 2-Jerry Goldsmith and 3-James Horner.

    • I would bestow that title upon Maestro Ennio Morricone.

      • Yup; my three favorite composers are Ennio Morricone, John Williams, and Jerry Goldsmith; I appreciate James Horner, but after Star Trek II it seems a lot of ‘rinse and repeat’ – Michael G is a talented composer, but I would have been severely depressed if they hadn’t at least asked John Williams to come back and score Star Wars VII.

  7. Ha! Sweet!. I feel bad for all the people who took the time to read the extended universe novels though. Now those are all void.

    Don’t get me wrong there were some good ones , but still.


    One of my top anticipated films of 2015.

    • eh I don’t care I they don’t use the novels. Would love it if they did but it doesnt matter to me I will still read them anyway

  8. It will be fun to hear Williams’ scoring of a JJ Abrams Star Wars. I can’t shake the sense of some Lucas meddling w/musical judgement in prequels. I know the composer’s job is to serve film maker, but did anyone else feel that Lucas missed several opportunities w/scoring in prequels? Anakin’s assault on Jedi Temple could have been scored to Imperial March, for instance, and served as a nice thematic bridge between trilogies.

  9. I’m glad Williams will most likely come back the one word I can use to describe his music in every one of his movies that I’ve seen is… Magical

  10. John Williams all the way.

  11. I am getting a little nervous about this. I am getting the feeling that the next star wars movie will end up like superman returns. By that I mean they will focus too much on trying to capture the magic of the original trilogy and skip out on the actual story.

  12. You don’t take Elvis and replace him while he is still alive now do you?

  13. YES!! YES!! YES!! YES!! YES!! YES!!

  14. Please NO John Williams. He’s no where near as good as he use to be. Star Wars I, II, III score was uninspired and unspiring. Even Indiana Jones 4. It’s just not there any more.

  15. Pretty much the Only thing I liked about the Prequels WAS John Williams’s scores. I just wish Snyder used Williams to Score “Man of Steel” as well, Nothing against Hans Zimmer.

    • while a agree Williams score for the original and one of the most memorable. im glad they are trying to establish their own film. and if the score Zimmer has in the latest trailer is a preview of things to come. we are in store of a treat =)

    • A John Williams Score versus Hans Zimmer is pretty much night and day – both function well in film, but totally different approaches.

  16. These articles seem more about testing the waters to see what people think. Checking for rage before they announce that it will be a collaboration between Michael and John. I would be pumped, as would Michael I suspect.

  17. Star Wars IS John Williams.

    • Yeah George Lucas and the actors were not really needed……>.<

  18. Hell yes! I love Giacchino’s music but John Williams is still John Williams.

  19. It can’t be an SW film with John Williams. And say what you will about the prequels, I think Williams’ music for those films was superb.

  20. Michael usually works with Abrams. If he gets in on Star Wars would that not require him to commit to that franchise for a while?

    Maybe not but if so then that would get in the way of his collaboration with future Abrams projects (assuming Abrams only does one Star Wars).

  21. Well duh!

  22. I have mixed thoughts. On the one hand, John Williams can write obviously write memorable themes and leit-motifs (Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Harry Potter, Superman); but that I think is his sole skill. When it comes to completing entire scores, he struggles. So many of the cues from the first three Harry Potter movies sound identical to Star Wars or Indiana Jones. Of course all composers have their own unique styles, but Williams struggles varying from his so much that his sound quickly becomes monotonous. Just count how many times the “Raiders” leit-motif is used in the Indy movies: it’s laughable.

    I think a collaboration between Williams and Giacchino would be brilliant. Have Williams do what he does best: compose new themes for new characters and have Giacchino compose the score into something coherent.

  23. Wow. This is really exciting. This is the reason I go to movies. When something this epic, a story this good is about to continue on, I can’t help but feel like a kid again. I can’t wait to get lost in the world of Star Wars once again…

  24. As a Willams Fan and lover of his amazing Music ie Star Wars and Superman!!!! Nobody is more prefect then Willams!!! IE The Vader March, End credits, Need I go on!!!!

  25. As far as I’m concerned, Abrams already did a great job reinventing Star Trek. So reinventing Star Wars would just seem redundant. Recapturing the essence of the original trilogy is the best idea. And a more fresh one (since we’ve already seen a great reinvention from him). And bringing back Williams to score is a great start in doing so.

  26. No one seems to realize that the older original music is great but if you listen to “most” of the score from the later trilogy its all goofy and for kids with some exceptions! One of the main reasons the second trilogy didn’t work ( among many!)was because of the constant use of score through out scenes that completely created silly and slapstick type of moods. If you listen carefully the original scores where clean and simple with more strings than brass and brought real tension and ambiance, this is what we love. I love most of Williams work but star wars needs to catch up with the times and starting fresh is the way to go even if you want to bring some of the magic from the originals. Take a listen to the new man of steel tracks now they are on the right path and it will add a lot to the film.

    • I have, and I personally found ‘Man of Steel’ to be repetitive, boring, a mass of bland texture punctuated by layered percussion – yawn; now within the film – it works; which is what matters, but have the deluxe soundtrack – listened to it once – and doubt I’ll listen to it again for some time; now Williams or Goldsmith… that’s a different matter.