May 1 2013

J.J. Abrams Suggest John Williams Will Score Star Wars: Episode VII

John Williams

John Williams has scored the music for every Star Wars film since the original, and it appears things may not change when it comes to Episode VII.

One of the most unsung jobs in the film industry has to be that of the music composer. Very rarely do you walk out of a film talking about the musical score, but there is definitely one exception to that rule and his name is John Williams. From Star Wars to Raiders of the Lost Ark, he has written some of the most memorable musical scores out there, and while the Star Wars franchise is heading in a new direction, it seems that no one may want to mess with this success.

Speaking at a press conference in Germany on Monday in regards to Star Trek Into Darkness, J.J. Abrams attempted to avoid questions about Star Wars Episode VII, but when asked about the musical score, he did drop one nugget.

Again, for Star Wars, it’s very early days, but I believe that, going forward, John Williams will be doing that film, because he was there long before I was.

This was a big question as many directors like to work with the same composer over and over again – see Tim Burton and Danny Elfman for a prime example – and Abrams’ go to guy is Michael Giacchino. Some had assumed that he may take over the reigns on scoring Star Wars with Abrams in the director’s seat, but it seems there may be at least same familiarity in the air in 2015.

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