Monday, 11 July 2016

John Williams returning to score Star Wars: Episode VIII and new Indiana Jones films

It may not be the biggest surprise, but given his health issues, it was by no means a sure thing. Talking to Variety about an honour from the American Film Institute, legendary composer John Williams confirmed that he is planning to compose the music for Star Wars: Episode VIII and the next Indiana Jones film.

The franchises, are, of course, the ones with which Williams is most closely associated, despite being 84, he shows little sign of slowing down. "If I can do it, I certainly will," he said when asked about the next Star Wars installment. "I told Kathy Kennedy I'm happy to do it, but the real reason is, I didn't want anybody else writing music for Daisy Ridley." He is, however, sitting out Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, with Alexandre Desplat (The Grand Budapest Hotel) providing the music for the standalone that Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) is working on.

Williams' schedule remains packed with work – he most recently scored Steven Spielberg's (Bridge Of Spies) The BFG and is currently on board for the director's next film, Ready Player One. "Steven expects me to work until I'm 100," he jokes when considering their long partnership.

It is certainly hard to imagine a Star Wars movie without Williams' classic themes, and while we will have to for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, we are glad to see his enthusiasm for the main series of films is undimmed.

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