It hasn’t been too long since J.J. Abrams was announced as the director of Star Wars: Episode VII, but there is still a lot we don’t know about who else will be involved. One thing that is constant about the Star Wars films is the iconic score by John Williams. On the other hand essentially everything that Abrams has ever been involved with has been scored by the amazing composer Michael Giacchino. Both composers would seem to have a claim to the film’s score but now Williams has weighed in, saying he’d like to be back.
Here is what Williams had to say on the subject at a concert he conducted:
We’re about to play Star Wars [audience interrupts with cheers] and each time we play it, I’m reminded of the first time we played it decades ago. Neither I, nor George, nor anyone else involved thought this would go far or in a few years there would be a sequel and I’d have to revisit the themes…and years later another trilogy. Now we’re hearing of a new set of movies coming in 2015, 2016…so I need to make sure I’m still ready to go in a few years for what I hope would be continued work with George…[more cheers].
This is the first we’ve heard about a Star Wars score, and Abrams still might bring in Giacchino instead. After doing all six previous Star Wars films having anyone else write the score seems like sacrilege to Star Wars fans, keep in mind that after writing the also iconic Harry Potter scores for the first three films four different composers finished off that series.
While I’m sure that either way this goes some fans will be outraged, this situation really is a win win. Williams and Giacchino are undoubtedly two of the best composers in the world and I’m positive either will do the upcoming Star Wars films justice.