When Disney and Lucasfilm hired J.J. Abrams to direct the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII, there was some concern around who Abrams would bring on to help him make the new movie. Abrams often surrounds himself with the same collaborators he’s been working with since the beginning of his career. Enter Academy Award-winning composer Michael Giacchino — who has been working with Abrams since the TV series Alias in 2001 — and speculation that he would replace long-time Star Wars composer John Williams on the new film.
According to TrekMovie, Michael Giacchino recently addressed the sold-out crowd at Luzern Concert Hall in Lucerne, Switzerland about his feelings towards John Williams, and who should do the music for Star Wars: Episode VII. Giacchino said:
I will say this. One of the things that excites me most about Star Wars coming back is chance to hear a John Williams score. He has been a great inspiration to me over the years. He has been a great teacher to me and good friend and I would love nothing more than to hear more of his music from that universe…so if it were up to me I would say ‘John, you must do it.’
John Williams has done all the music for all six of the Star Wars movies, so it would seem very strange if he didn’t return to “a galaxy far, far away” for the seventh. Williams still writes film scores, and was recently nominated for an Academy Award for his work on Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln. As for whether he’d want the job, John Williams did say a few months ago that he hopes to return for the new Star Wars movie.
Giacchino was at the Luzern Concert Hall there for an event introducing his “Star Trek – Live to Projection” concert series with the 21st Century Symphony, conducted by Ludwig Wicki (the man in the yellow Star Trek uniform above). The event included a presentation of the entire Star Trek reboot film with a live orchestra and choir accompaniment. Here’s some of the concert footage:
Star Trek Into Darkness will hit theaters everywhere on May 17th, in 3D and IMAX.