Star Wars John Williams Is Officially Scoring ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ written by Justin Bolger July 27, 2013 At her Star Wars Celebration Europe II panel earlier today, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy announced that legendary composer John Williams will return to score Star Wars Episode VII. While both Williams and the film’s director JJ Abrams had previously expressed their desire for this to happen, Kennedy’s announcement makes it official. StarWars.com posted a prerecorded interview that was shown at the panel to their site immediately after its conclusion. The interview, in which Williams discusses some of his scoring techniques as well as his admiration for both Kennedy and Abrams, can be found below. John Williams Is Officially Scoring ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ was last modified: February 21st, 2016 by Justin Bolger Related Star Wars: The Force Awakens 8 comments 0 Facebook Twitter Google + Pinterest Justin Bolger previous post Meet Melinda May, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. next post ‘The Flash’ to Run on the Small Screen You may also like #DayOne Of STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Filming... May 15, 2014 Check Out Photos From Day 1 Of... April 16, 2015 The Wait For STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII... January 20, 2016 STAR WARS: Force Friday Goes Global August 26, 2015 Open Forum: STAR WARS: EPISODE VII –... December 16, 2015 ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ merchandise to... February 16, 2017 MMM #188: STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Adds... June 2, 2014 New STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Poster... October 18, 2015 JJ Abrams to Direct ‘Star Wars’ January 24, 2013 STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Trailer In... November 26, 2014 Joseph Guest Evans Williams! His sharp mind appears to be keeping him young. I hope he scores all three! I also enjoy hearing other composers play with his themes, so hopefully we’ll get some of that in the spinoffs. Justin Bolger I’m with you 100%, Joseph. While Williams is the ONLY choice to score the continuing adventures of the Skywalker family, there are a few amazing composers of the current generation who would infuse the music of Star Wars with some fantastic new blood. Chief among them Bear McCreary and Michael Giacchino. I’d note that Kevin Kilner did some great things with the music for Clone Wars, but I get the feeling he’ll be scoring Star Wars Rebels instead. Joseph Guest Evans +1 for Michael Giacchino! I also really enjoyed John Ottman’s work on Superman Returns. When one good composer stands on a great composer’s shoulders… Honestly, with so many Star Wars-specific examples in TV–as you mentioned–and video games (Jeremy Soule & Mark Griskey stand out), I honestly believe that most of the A-class composers working in Hollywood now would be able to make amazing music merely because of the material they could build upon. Justin Bolger You had me at Mark Griskey. His music for The Force Unleashed is phenomenal, specifically the emotionally powerful “Juno Eclipse/Finale”, which brings to mind “Marion’s Theme” from Raiders of the Lost Ark. Always a pleasure to talk scoring with someone who knows their stuff. Adrian Edmondson Wonderful Charlie The man is an absolute legend. stock Of the previous films’ attributes, Williams has the most to work with. Lets hope for a really well written opening scroll. 18 years after the death of Emperor Palpatine, the Empire has gone green, recycling the Force and all its oft repeated cliches. Except now, its all new, with Luke and Han Jr out to defeat 2, count them 2 new bad guys, whose mitichloridians have a new fresh, dark side, bad boy taste. Blah blah blah blah Force, blah blah blah blah Empire. Naes John Williams’s music was pretty much the only thing about the prequels that I liked. Too bad it was wasted on such schlock.