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Abrams Wants Williams For Star Wars
Looks like the music icon's back

01 May 2013  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Comicbook Movie

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When J.J. Abrams got the job of reigniting the Star Wars flame in that galaxy far, far away, one of the earliest considerations – after the lens flare jokes were out of the way – was who would score Episode VII. Now Abrams, out doing press for Star Trek Into Darkness, has answered a direct question about the subject, and indicated that he believes long-time Star Wars composer John Williams will craft the score once more.

There had been some speculation that, given their own long working relationship, Michael Giacchino might be the man for the job going forward, since he’s scored almost everything Abrams has produced. It appears, however, that the director is sticking with Star Wars tradition on this one.

"Michael Giacchino is an incredible composer, who I was lucky enough to begin working with on Alias. He's truly one of the most influential members of our crew, and I think [on] this score, he really outdid himself,” Abrams told ComicBookMovie at a recent press conference. “Again, for Star Wars, it's very early days, but I believe that, going forward, John Williams will be doing that film, because he was there long before I was."

It likely won’t be news to Giacchino, who when we spoke to him for our recent J.J. Abrams-packed issue admitted that even he wanted to hear new Williams music for the next Star Wars: “I’m a huge Star Wars fan, but one of the things that excites me most about it coming back is the chance to hear new John Williams music, not new Michael Giacchino music based on John Williams music. I’m excited to hear what he would do, so however it shakes out, it would be great.”

To read more from Giacchino and other key members of Team Abrams, head over here. If you’re after the Abrams issue of the magazine, it’s still available via the iPad version

Incidentally: fan of composers and movie music in general? You'll want to check out our massive celebration of all things cinematically tuneful. And for more from Abrams and Giacchino, our Star Trek Into Darkness review is here.


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Why is this television writer constantly in Empire? I thought this was supposed to be a movie magazine. More

Posted by Pelle at 20:24 on 06 May 2013 | Report This Post

RE: What about Giacchino?
L: redgrave As much as I love J Williams, I'd rather want JJ to work again with Michael Giacchino, star wars needs new blood after the awful episodes 1 2 & 3. of the biggest crimes of the prequels was that they were such a big waste of Williams' masterful score. The Droid March theme in particular I love. This guy said it best: L: Nicky C If it ain't JW, it ain't SW. More

Posted by Mr Gittes at 17:14 on 02 May 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Abrams Wants John Williams For Star Wars
L: directorscut L: redgrave As much as I love J Williams, I'd rather want JJ to work again with Michael Giacchino, star wars needs new blood after the awful episodes 1 2 & 3. urely if you wanted new blood you'd should get someone who writes original music and doesn't steal all his stuff from others? o be fair, you could say that of most modern blockbuster composers. And while I'm not a Star Wars film fan, I love the scores so I'm glad Williams may be back. And I say that a More

Posted by Shifty Bench at 10:08 on 02 May 2013 | Report This Post

Enough about Giacchino already
L: My name is Legion Don't confuse Lucas' absurd films with their scores. They were pretty much the only redeeming feature. otally More

Posted by rich at 22:36 on 01 May 2013 | Report This Post

RE: What about Giacchino?
L: redgrave As much as I love J Williams, I'd rather want JJ to work again with Michael Giacchino, star wars needs new blood after the awful episodes 1 2 & 3. urely if you wanted new blood you'd should get someone who writes original music and doesn't steal all his stuff from others? More

Posted by directorscut at 21:48 on 01 May 2013 | Report This Post

RE: What about Giacchino?
L: redgrave As much as I love J Williams, I'd rather want JJ to work again with Michael Giacchino, star wars needs new blood after the awful episodes 1 2 & 3. eah because this was shit /www.youtube.com/watch?v=zt0UuNpUqK4Don't confuse Lucas' absurd films with their scores. They were pretty much the only redeeming feature. More

Posted by My name is Legion at 18:43 on 01 May 2013 | Report This Post

Perfect news!
Nice to see a director who still has some respect for a previous era and its talents. I like Giacchino, he's certainly a cut above most modern composers, but he's not in the same league as Williams. I can't really remember any of his themes, just that they were pleasant. So this is fantastic - I wish Snyder had kept Williams for Man Of Steel, new continuity or not (we still have the Monty Norman/John Barry Bond theme in Craig's movies, for a start). I suspect what we'll get is Williams composing More

Posted by Garth_Marenghi at 16:13 on 01 May 2013 | Report This Post

The ideal situation would be if John Williams and Michael Giacchino collaborated together. More

Posted by lankeymarlon at 12:04 on 01 May 2013 | Report This Post

What about Giacchino?
As much as I love J Williams, I'd rather want JJ to work again with Michael Giacchino, star wars needs new blood after the awful episodes 1 2 & 3. More

Posted by redgrave at 11:17 on 01 May 2013 | Report This Post

Anything's possible
John Williams may now be in his early-80's, but that doesn't mean he can't do the music for STAR WARS - EPISODE VII. After all, there has been composers who have been making film music in their twilight years (Ennio Morricone is now 84 and he still's composing music in his native country of Italy, and the late Akira Ifukube was in his late-70's/early-80's when he came out of retirement to compose the 1990's GODZILLA movies). If Williams does get to do the music for EPISODE VII, I will be very h More

Posted by bb at 11:03 on 01 May 2013 | Report This Post

Cool!
If it ain't JW, it ain't SW. More

Posted by Nicky C at 09:13 on 01 May 2013 | Report This Post

RE: hope this is true
good news - Bryan Singer shouldve done the same for Superman Returns More

Posted by jackcarter at 08:58 on 01 May 2013 | Report This Post

RE: hope this is true
nice to see some directors have some damn respect for perfection!.... More

Posted by Dannybohy at 08:45 on 01 May 2013 | Report This Post

hope this is true
and to me this is just one example that shows JJ knows when to change stuff and when to leave well alone More

Posted by leroythemasochist at 06:47 on 01 May 2013 | Report This Post

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