John Williams Confirms That He'll Return To Score Star Wars: Episode VII

When Disney had announced that they had bought LucasFilm and would be making an all new Star Wars trilogy along with solo spinoff films for certain characters, it's safe to say the fan community was given a surprising shock. But soon followed an even more shocking announcement that Star Trek director J.J. Abrams would now be taking the reigns from creator George Lucas. Well fans can rest assured that at least one major element of the original films is set to return for the next trilogy, and that's the classic musical score of composer John Williams. Williams who's famous for numerous iconic themes including that of Harry Potter, Jaws, Indiana Jones, E.T., Jurassic Park, and Superman (To name a few) is probably best recognized for his instantly classic Star Wars themes. While many had believed Abrams' involvement would mean his long time collaborating composer Michael Giacchino (Up, Star Trek, Super 8) would be coming onboard this time rather than Williams, it seems Abrams' definitely wants to keep the fans happy with this element of the film.
Williams most recent works have mostly been collaborations with Steven Spielberg for his films Adventures of Tintin, War Horse and Lincoln. While he's composed the main themes for many famous film franchises, with a few exceptions Williams has rarely not returned to compose the sequels, such was the case for the Harry Potter series (Which brought on numerous composers throughout it run including Patrick Doyle, Nicholas Hopper, Alexandre Desplat). Williams was also not asked to compose the scores for either Superman Returns (Where he was replaced by X-Men composer John Ottman) nor Man of Steel (Replaced by Dark Knight composer Hans Zimmer). So it's easy to see why there were some concerns that Abrams wouldn't be bringing back Williams to compose the new Star Wars films despite the fact that he did indeed return for Lucas' Star Wars prequels.
Abrams' usual collaborator Giacchino probably won't be too offended by not being asked to take part in the project, especially due to the fact that he has a busy schedule himself. Giacchino already signed on to replace Patrick Doyle as the composer for Matt Reeve's Rise of the Planet of the Apes sequel; Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. He'll also be providing the score for the Wachowski's next sci-fi film Jupiter Ascending which stars Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis, as well as Brad Bird's next film Tomorrowland starring George Clooney and Hugh Laurie. Had Williams not returned, Giacchino would've easily been the best candidate for the job, as his scores themselves carry a heavy influence of that of Williams. Given Giacchino's past with both Pixar and Disney, he'll probably be the first person they call if there's ever a falling out with Williams.
While Williams will most likely stay on for the duration of new trilogy, he has really only confirmed his involvement with Episode VII. It'll also be interesting to see whether he decides to compose the spinoff films Disney has planned (Which include a Boba Fett and Han Solo film) despite the fact that they probably won't be directed by Abrams. While Williams currently has a clear schedule for numerous future Star Wars project, there is still a possibility he could be asked to compose Jurassic Park Iby director Colin Trevorrow.
Universal most likely has a similar idea in mind for the new Jurassic Park film as Disney has for Episode VII, using this film to launch an all new trilogy. If Williams is indeed asked to score JP4 as well, it could lead to conflicting schedules between the two films. While there's been no word from Trevorrow on who he's considering to score the film, it's must likely that Williams will probably opt out of returning to score the Jurassic Park IV since it'll be released the same year as Episode VII. Hopefully they can work out some sort of schedule that'll allow Williams to contribute to both, but for now the only real confirmation we have is that he will be returning to score J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: Episode VII. I guess that's good enough for us fans, at least for now.

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