J. J. Abrams eyeing john williams for ‘star wars’ reboot score
There are a few key building blocks you need when constructing a “Star Wars” reboot: Jedis, wookies, the Millennium Falcon and some combination of Han Solo, Darth Vader, storm troopers, Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia.
Oh, and John Williams’ music. Just try watching the original trilogy with the score on mute, it’s like eating pizza without the cheese.
That’s why the collective hearts of the “Star Wars” nation probably skipped a beat on Tuesday when J.J. Abrams teased that the composer of the iconic score for the first six films, John Williams, is likely on board for “Star Wars: Episode VII,” due out in the summer 2015.
During a press conference in Berlin for “Star Trek: Into Darkness,” director Abrams made it sound like Williams might be in the fold. “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,” Abrams said, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
There are still so many things up the air about “Episode VII,” but Abrams recently said his work on the second “Star Trek” movie could help him get in fighting shape to enter the “Star Wars” universe. “We’re just getting started,” he said. “There are infinitely more questions than answers right now, but to me, [‘Star Wars’ and ‘Star Trek’ are] not that dissimilar. Though I came at these both from very different places, where they both meet is a place of ‘Ooh, that’s really exciting.’ And even though I was never a ‘Star Trek’ fan, I felt like there was a version of it that would make me excited, that I would think ‘That’s cool, that feels right, I actually would want to see that.’ ”
The one thing we know for sure is: “Star Wars: Episode VII” will be released in summer 2015, “Episode VIII” will come out in summer 2017 and “Episode IX” will hit theaters in summer 2019.