John Williams Returning to Star Wars


It has been 35 years since we were first overcome by that triumphant symphony we now all recognize at first note. Composer John Williams, who has worked on film scores for Jaws, Indiana Jones, Harry Potter and Jurassic Park, won the Academy Award for the original Star Wars score in 1978 and has returned ever since to work on all six feature films. Yes, even the horrific Ewan McGregor installations. Williams is now set to begin work on the newest installment to the Star Wars franchise. Episode 7 is currently under production by Walt Disney Pictures and is set to be directed by Star Trek director J.J. Abrams. The original cast of Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, and Carrie Fisher are also supposed to be returning to the franchise, which is currently looking at a 2015 release date. The original Star Wars film was written and directed by creator George Lucas, who has also written all of the sequels and directed the three latest films. Lucas received Oscar nominations for the original in 1978 for Best Director and Best Screenwriter, but chose not to return to the director’s chair for the second and third films (Episodes 5 and 6). J.J. Abrams is the third director to take on a Star Wars picture, following Lucas, Irvin Kershner, and Richard Marquand. While I have nothing but confidence that Williams will bring another faithful composition to the picture, let’s hope that Abrams brings a sense of realism back to this Star Wars sequel instead of just throwing actors in front of green screens and relying on computer technology.

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