When J.J. Abrams got the directing job for Star Wars: Episode VII, many were wondering if the new film would be more like a Bad Robot production or another Lucasfilm one. Abrams has a long list of collaborators that he continually works with, including composer Michael Giacchino, who worked on the music for Abrams’ Mission: Impossible III, Star Trek Into Darkness, and the TV series Lost. So, will he follow suit on Star Wars: Episode VII, or will John Williams get another shot at scoring another Star Wars movie?
According to the John Williams Fan Network, while conducting the Young Musician’s Foundation Debut Orchestra, Williams spoke briefly before playing the iconic Star Wars main theme. Williams told the crowd:
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].
After the statement, Williams proceeded to dazzle the audience with the Star Wars main theme. Of course, nothing is official yet, and Williams wouldn’t be working with George Lucas in the traditional sense. It’s still very unclear how much involvement George Lucas would have in the new Star Wars movies, but it’s good to hear that John Williams is getting ready to receive a phone call from J.J. Abrams.
John Williams would seem like the obvious choice to compose the score for the new Star Wars films, but the legendary composer has not been at the top of his game over the past few years. Despite numerous Academy Award nominations, John Williams hasn’t delivered anything iconic or stirring since the “Duel of the Fates” theme from The Phantom Menace. Maybe it’s a good time to get a new composer if the Star Wars saga is going for a new generation of fans. Michael Giacchino would be a perfect fit to bring a new audience to “a galaxy far, far away…”