Update: I made a mistake. Williams didn’t say it himself, it was Conrad Pope (one of his orchestrator).
Composer John Williams has worked with Steven Spielberg many times over his long career and is the man behind the legendary music from Indiana Jones, E.T, Jurrasic Park and Jaws. So when it was announced Williams would be scoring The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn I knew we’d be getting something special. Funnily enough William’s himself thinks so too:
From The Examiner:
I’m currently orchestrating a large piece with a number of ideas. The main theme is highly energetic, filled with great tonal twists and turns, reflecting, I suspect, Tintin’s heroic energy. It will become a classic, I think. To give more information would be to reveal things that I don’t … want to say.
We are at the beginning of the process. The main scoring sessions are off in February.
Also, let me say with regard to Tintin, I believe, as with “Potter” and Catch Me if you Can, people will be both surprised and not surprised by how the music is both “expected” and “UN-expected”— before you hear it.
Usually when someone starts declaring their work a ‘classic’ before they have even finished it I get the feeling they are a bit arrogant and believe their own hype too much. But this is John Williams. He’s proved throughout his career that he can create memorable music that will be remembered for years to come, and in some cases define a film. I have no reason to believe he won’t do the same with Tintin.