Why I think John Williams should score the Star Wars spin-off movies

Ryan Leston
19 February 2013
Why I think John Williams should score the Star Wars spin-off movies
Legendary composer and conductor, John Williams.


Since its release back in 1977, 'Star Wars: A New Hope' has been praised for many a cinematic triumph. The special effects were simply staggering for its time and the complex and entertaining storyline has captivated many an audience. But looking back at the film's triumphs, it just wouldn't have been a Star Wars movie without John Williams' amazing soundtrack. And now the legendary composer could be back to work on the all-new trilogy.

A fan of the composer over at JWFan.com has reported that during a concert earlier this month, John Williams himself revealed that he's keen to work on Star Wars once again. Before conducting the Star Wars theme with the Young Musician's Foundation Debut Orchestra, he made a comment regarding the new trilogy.

"We're about to play 'Star Wars' 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 that in a few years there would be a sequel and I'd have to revisit the themes… and then years later another trilogy. Now we're hearing of a new set of movies coming in 2015 or 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"

This is obviously great news for the controversial new trilogy - John Williams has achieved legendary status amongst fans of the original films. To put it another way, I'm very, very excited. This is the man who not only brought us the classic Star Wars theme, but also added a touch of drama and suspense to the most important parts of the films... not to mention, the indomitable Imperial march. While the news is obviously unofficial and based on fan rumour, Disney would be absolutely mad if they don't take him up on this. Having John Williams return to his most famous work would be a marvel for both Star Wars and music fans alike… and would help cement the reputation of Episode VII as a very positive thing indeed.

Of course, it's not just Episode VII that could receive the John Williams treatment. The hope for 'continued work' implies that he's interested in working on the entire new trilogy. But if John Williams is going to be involved in those films, could he be on-board to score the spin-off movies as well? To be honest, I certainly hope so. While the writers are keen to try new things in the all-new spin-offs, I can't help feeling that they just wouldn't be Star Wars movies without a John Williams soundtrack.

Do you think John Williams should write the music for Episode VII? Would it be the same without him?

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