John Williams Officially Confirmed to Score ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’

By July 29, 2013

John Williams

At the Star Wars Celebration fan convention held in Germany over the weekend, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy made an announcement that has pleased many fans of the galaxy far, far away. She confirmed (via that famed composer John Williams will be returning to craft the score for not only J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Episode VII, but also Episodes VIII and IX, making Williams the sole composer for all three film trilogies in the Star Wars saga.

Check out a video of Williams himself speaking about the franchise and how he believes it’s in good hands:

The way Williams speaks about J.J. Abrams seems to run in opposition to those rumors that have been floating around which speculated the director might not helm the much-heralded Episode VII, so it seems that all is well and the Force is with the filmmaker after all. That’s fine with us, but a regular Abrams collaborator might be feeling a tiny bit miffed at the announcement that Williams would return: Michael Giacchino.

The successful composer has clearly been influenced by Williams’ work, but he’s crafted a great career for himself in just a few short years, creating the scores for “LOST”, Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness, Super 8, the two most recent Mission: Impossible films, and winning an Oscar for Best Original Score for his work on Pixar’s Up. Since he’s scored all of Abrams’ past films, many wondered if he’d find himself working on the Star Wars movies, but the wondering has come to an end. Part of me is glad Williams is returning, but there’s another part of me that feels the same way I did when I heard Peter Jackson was returning to direct The Hobbit: yes, it’s nice that there will be some consistency to the franchise over the years, but imagine how amazing it might have been to see Guillermo del Toro’s vision of Middle Earth instead. What might Giacchino have done with this score? We’ll never know.

Are you glad Williams is back, or would you rather have heard what Giacchino could do if he ended up getting the gig?

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