Should John Williams return?
He’s scored a million and one things. He’s the right hand man of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg. His epic scores are hummed across the world for E.T., Harry Potter, Indiana Jones, Star Wars, Superman, Jurassic Park and Home Alone just to name a few. He’s probably the greatest, if not the best in the business when it comes to music for a film, but the question remains should he return to score Star Wars: Episode VII?
JJ Abram’s this week discussed Michael Giacchino’s score for Star Trek Into Darkness, saying it was amazing and his suite for John Harrison was amazing, but after stating all this, he mentioned more grudgingly than anything that John Williams would be returning to do the duties on Star Wars, as “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”, before going back to Star Trek.
Does this mean that JJ doesn’t have a say in regards to not having his usual collaborator behind him on his next science fiction project? Or is it something of a choice that John Williams has done all six episodes, it feels wrong to let him down with seven, eight and nine?
Or should Michael Giacchino (or possibly someone else) take on the reigns? Recently Hans Zimmer has taken over from John Williams with the newly rebooted Superman film – Man of Steel, which loses the original theme from Williams and instead has a totally different feel to it. Some are already complaining that they’ll miss the theme, whilst others enjoy the trailer’s score and the new samples produced. But who knows until the film comes out in July.
So the ultimate question has got to be: