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 Posted:   Jul 27, 2013 - 2:36 AM   
 By:   Uwe Sperlich   (Member)

Kathleen Kennedy just confirmed this at her panel at Star Wars Celebration Europe!!
I'm excited beyond words!!
Cheers ,
Uwe

 
 Posted:   Jul 27, 2013 - 2:58 AM   
 By:   Peter Greenhill   (Member)

Excellent news

http://starwars.com/news/star-wars-celebration-europe-2013-john-williams-to-score-star-wars-episode-vii.html

 
 Posted:   Jul 27, 2013 - 2:58 AM   
 By:   Peter Greenhill   (Member)

dp

 
 Posted:   Jul 27, 2013 - 4:32 AM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

From the link above:

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 27, 2013 - 4:59 AM   
 By:   McD   (Member)

I'd like to think he'd earned first refusal at the very least. However, I'm worried that he won't be able to recapture past glories.

His first two are absolute classics, the next two were very good indeed, the last two were just 'quite good', although I understand they were a post production nightmare for JW.

 
 Posted:   Jul 27, 2013 - 5:02 AM   
 By:   Peter Greenhill   (Member)

I'd like to think he'd earned first refusal at the very least. However, I'm worried that he won't be able to recapture past glories.

His first two are absolute classics, the next two were very good indeed, the last two were just 'quite good', although I understand they were a post production nightmare for JW.


Who else could do it better?

 
 Posted:   Jul 27, 2013 - 5:04 AM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)



Who else could do it better?


https://www.facebook.com/ScoreTheNextStarWarsFilmChristopherYoungShould

P.S. Great news!

 
 Posted:   Jul 27, 2013 - 5:04 AM   
 By:   Warlok   (Member)

I must again concur with people who see Maestro Williams as a superb human being. Obviously, so talented, yet so humble and... light. The manner in which he conducts himself should be a standard for civilized man.

(Additonally, I find it wonderful that after 6 such movies, he is full of excitement and enthusiasm for 3 more.)

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 27, 2013 - 5:34 AM   
 By:   Vermithrax Pejorative   (Member)

The WEETOS are strong in this one!

 
 Posted:   Jul 27, 2013 - 6:54 AM   
 By:   WillGoldNewtonBarryGrusin   (Member)

I sincerely hope he will score all three movies and have no doubt that he will deliver something extraordinary.

To think that at the end he could crown his magnificent career with a symphony that comprises nine parts...

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 27, 2013 - 8:50 AM   
 By:   Sabreman   (Member)

His first two are absolute classics, the next two were very good indeed, the last two were just 'quite good', although I understand they were a post production nightmare for JW.

True. His Star Wars scores seem to have progressively declined in quality over the years, which doesn't bode well for future films.

Besides, he's 81 and he's not getting any younger. What if he has a stroke or dies or something in the next few years, leaving him unable to score any films beyond the next one? You'd have one Williams-scored film and then the remaining films scored by Giacchino.

 
 Posted:   Jul 27, 2013 - 9:02 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

I don't care for any of his Harry Potter scores but I wish him well. I personally would have liked someone else like John Powell, John Ottman or Joel McNeely.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 27, 2013 - 9:40 AM   
 By:   captain_avis   (Member)

His first two are absolute classics, the next two were very good indeed, the last two were just 'quite good', although I understand they were a post production nightmare for JW.

True. His Star Wars scores seem to have progressively declined in quality over the years, which doesn't bode well for future films.

Besides, he's 81 and he's not getting any younger. What if he has a stroke or dies or something in the next few years, leaving him unable to score any films beyond the next one? You'd have one Williams-scored film and then the remaining films scored by Giacchino.


While the prequel scores are definitely of lower calibre than the first trilogy scores, there's still some phenomenal writing in them. Williams has evolved as a composer and doesn't write like the Williams of the 80s anymore. This is particularly noticeable in his writing for action scenes which has become noticeably less thematic and more rhythm-driven. I wonder if this is a response to changing post production deadlines and lack of availability of effects shots to score to / last minute re-editing. On the other hand, his dramatic scoring is considerably more advanced if more subtle and nuanced nowadays.

At any rate, even given that we don't have Williams writing in his old style, I cannot think of any other composer now working these days that I would rather have score this new trilogy.

Chris

 
 Posted:   Jul 27, 2013 - 9:57 AM   
 By:   johnbijl   (Member)

I'd like to think he'd earned first refusal at the very least. However, I'm worried that he won't be able to recapture past glories.

His first two are absolute classics, the next two were very good indeed, the last two were just 'quite good', although I understand they were a post production nightmare for JW.


Who else could do it better?


Joel McNeely. And further away from home, Frederic Talgorn or Robert Folk.

Sorry to say: I'm afraid Williams' music is to laid back nowadays for an invigorating Star Wars-film.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 27, 2013 - 9:59 AM   
 By:   Kari Tuhkanen   (Member)

These new Star Wars films will be a whole different ball game. They will be much more modern in style than the prequels and that will reflect to Williams´ music as well. Williams being Williams, one of those rare composers who really understands the true nature of any given film, I´m sure he delivers pretty much what the films need and more.

And he´s still at the very top of his game. The level both intellectually and emotionally in which he works today, is phenomenal. Tintin showed the man´s virility.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 27, 2013 - 10:29 AM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

"Sorry to say: I'm afraid Williams' music is to laid back nowadays for an invigorating Star Wars-film"
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WHAT!!!!
Have you heard Duel of the Fates, Battle of the Heroes and big sections of Minority Report?
They are anything but laid back and lacking in vigour!

*edit - Yeah, as Kari says, Tintin has some hair-raising moments too. So does War Horse.

 
 Posted:   Jul 27, 2013 - 10:36 AM   
 By:   BackToTheFutureFan   (Member)

I get so excited hearing all of these updates on the new films but then I remember J.J. Abrams is directing them. Can't stand his work.

 
 Posted:   Jul 27, 2013 - 10:50 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

"Sorry to say: I'm afraid Williams' music is to laid back nowadays for an invigorating Star Wars-film"
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WHAT!!!!
Have you heard Duel of the Fates, Battle of the Heroes and big sections of Minority Report?
They are anything but laid back and lacking in vigour!

*edit - Yeah, as Kari says, Tintin has some hair-raising moments too. So does War Horse.


Nah, too mickey mousy and I consider Duel of the Fates one of the most annoying chorus oriented cues Ive ever heard. It felt over the top and forced and did not match the action on screen at all. War Horse had one or two decent tracks.

 
 Posted:   Jul 27, 2013 - 10:56 AM   
 By:   petek66   (Member)

Disney is preparing to churn out one Star Wars spinoff after another. There will be plenty of opportunities to hear what other composers can do with the material. For now, I'll be grateful for all the John Williams I can get while he's still around and working.

 
 Posted:   Jul 27, 2013 - 11:11 AM   
 By:   Diederik   (Member)

This news has me quite excited. To me it means that at the least one very important part of this new Star Wars trilogy will be done right, since I believe that John Williams' music was one of the most important aspects to the success of Star Wars. His music really sold the universe and bound it together. The continuation of the Star Wars sound will most probably ensure that for an important part the new films will feel like Star Wars, regardless of where they will take us aesthetically and emotionally in the other departments.

 
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