John Williams may pen the next Star Wars score

Posted by David Konow

As much as we’d love to know everything there is to know about the new Star Wars movie, there may not be all that much official information right now.

Yes, there’s going to be a lot of stuff that will be top, top secret for a long time, and we’d hate it to be spoiled, but it may still be too early in the game to know a lot for sure.

As JJ Abrams told Playboy, "It’s so early it would be insane to discuss details or get into plot points about what this unfilmed movie will be…With Star Wars, one has to take into account what has preceded it, what worked, what didn’t."
 
One of the elements that really worked in Star Wars is John Williams’s music, which raised the movie to a whole new level, and really helped make it soar. But at the same time, JJ Abrams has his own John Williams, meaning a composer he’s worked with closely for years, namely Michael Giacchino.
 
As we’ve previously reported on TG, Giacchino said, “One of the things that excites me most about Star Wars coming back is [the] chance to hear a John Williams score. He has beena  great inspiration to me over the years, and I would love nothing more than to hear more of his music from that universe…so if were up to me I would say, ‘John, you must do it.’” 
 
Now, even as insane as it is to discuss it, Abrams did talk about the Star Wars score at a press conference for Star Trek Into Darkness, which was reported by Collider. “Michael Giacchino is truly one of the most influential members of our crew, and I think score, he really outdid himself. 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.”
 
And indeed, as we’ve mentioned before, whoever does the Star Wars score has to at least reference the Williams music. It’s just too iconic, and too much a part of the series, to leave it completely behind. 
 
In other Abrams / Star Wars / Trek news, in the same Playboy interview, JJ talked about how there will indeed be distinct differences between his vision of Star Wars and his Star Trek movies. Just because they’re both space sagas reinvented by the same person, you can’t expect them to be the same, much like Superman is a completely different superhero than Batman, and Man of Steel couldn’t be anywhere near as dark as the Christopher Nolan Dark Knight films.
 
As Abrams said, “These are very different worlds, they shouldn’t feel the same aesthetically. They can’t…I don’t apply aesthetics first and fit a movie into that aesthetic. If I had come into Star Trek with those eyes, I would probably have been paralyzed.”