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John Williams confirmed to score Star Wars: Episode VII

Jul. 29, 2013by: Niki Stephens

For those waiting for the final confirmation on whether or not John Williams got his old job back for STAR WARS: EPISODE VII, you shall wait no longer!

It was announced at the STAR WARS Celebration Europe that Williams would indeed be back to score the next installment of the saga.

It was once thought that director J.J. Abrams would have his own longtime scoring partner Michael Giacchino take on the job but those thoughts quickly vanished. It's hard to think of anyone else taking the spot that Williams has held for so long. The composers scores are iconic, and the ones that we get stuck in our heads from childhood onto adulthood. Glad to hear that he's back on board!

Oh, and here's this:

Extra Tidbit: This also gives me the opportunity to post the John Williams sketch from Whitest Kids You Know. (NSFW)
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5:14PM on 07/29/2013
Awesome. Has anybody thought about what type of score Williams might give for these new movies. The prequels used a lot of choral work (Duel of the Fates and Battle of the Heroes), and as great as they are, they would seem out of place in the original trilogy. I'm expecting these new scores to sound more like his work for the original trilogy rather than the prequels, but only time will tell.
Awesome. Has anybody thought about what type of score Williams might give for these new movies. The prequels used a lot of choral work (Duel of the Fates and Battle of the Heroes), and as great as they are, they would seem out of place in the original trilogy. I'm expecting these new scores to sound more like his work for the original trilogy rather than the prequels, but only time will tell.
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1:36PM on 07/29/2013

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1:16PM on 07/29/2013

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They who? Can you always recognize a John Williams score? Or are we all so familiar with his work that we assume it's his score? Whenever we hear something which sounds as masterful, first thought is 'it must John Williams'. Ever listen to Fiddler on the Roof, Memories of a Geisha, Munich, Rosewood, The Poseidon Adventure, JFK, Home Alone, or Sabrina for a little variety? Williams has proven over the course of his successful career that he can overcome becoming a composer who composes the same
They who? Can you always recognize a John Williams score? Or are we all so familiar with his work that we assume it's his score? Whenever we hear something which sounds as masterful, first thought is 'it must John Williams'. Ever listen to Fiddler on the Roof, Memories of a Geisha, Munich, Rosewood, The Poseidon Adventure, JFK, Home Alone, or Sabrina for a little variety? Williams has proven over the course of his successful career that he can overcome becoming a composer who composes the same score over and over. I love that fact that with most of his soundtracks are whole themes which he scores for not only the main character but for side kicks, most of music doesn't even make the final film score. Michael Giacchino and Alexandre Desplat are not even halfway as far into their careers as Williams is, and both have done film's in light of William's style. Giacchino with Super 8, and Desplat with Deathly Hallows Part 1 and 2. Both are great, but they study John Williams, and so will generations of future film composers to come. - See more at: [link]sthash.EqEyiMbq.dpuf
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12:53PM on 07/29/2013

Best news of the week, and it's only Monday!

You could shut down Joblo.com for a week cause there is no greater news to report than having confirmation of John Williams returning to Star Wars. You can hear people bitch and moan about Star Wars, but no one dares to complain about John William's masterful music. He is the best!
You could shut down Joblo.com for a week cause there is no greater news to report than having confirmation of John Williams returning to Star Wars. You can hear people bitch and moan about Star Wars, but no one dares to complain about John William's masterful music. He is the best!
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10:06AM on 07/29/2013
All hail the master! Can't wait to have that rousing fanfare just wash over me in the theatre as the opening titles scroll.
All hail the master! Can't wait to have that rousing fanfare just wash over me in the theatre as the opening titles scroll.
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9:33AM on 07/29/2013
Way to go John, big commitment for a man your age. Very excited!
Way to go John, big commitment for a man your age. Very excited!
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9:00AM on 07/29/2013
To quote Clark Kent - "It's a job for ... John Williams!!!".
To quote Clark Kent - "It's a job for ... John Williams!!!".
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8:52AM on 07/29/2013

I sense something in the force

I have no doubt JJ and crew will make something special. Unlike Star Trek, Abrams is working in an universe he loves and understands the ins and outs. Plus, it doesn't hurt the original cast is coming back, and now, Williams as well. Now, all we need is a few announcements for who the new heroes and villains will be and we're all set.
I have no doubt JJ and crew will make something special. Unlike Star Trek, Abrams is working in an universe he loves and understands the ins and outs. Plus, it doesn't hurt the original cast is coming back, and now, Williams as well. Now, all we need is a few announcements for who the new heroes and villains will be and we're all set.
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8:22AM on 07/29/2013

Episode VII is looking better and better

Between Michael Arndt's script, J.J. Abrams' direction and John Williams composing the score, I'm more and more excited about this film. It looks like the pieces are falling into place.

John Williams' genius as a composer is that he creates memorable melodies for his compositions. As Niki so rightly noted, you can sing, hum, or at least recognize his melodies and that's gone a long way towards helping the movie stand out.
Between Michael Arndt's script, J.J. Abrams' direction and John Williams composing the score, I'm more and more excited about this film. It looks like the pieces are falling into place.

John Williams' genius as a composer is that he creates memorable melodies for his compositions. As Niki so rightly noted, you can sing, hum, or at least recognize his melodies and that's gone a long way towards helping the movie stand out.
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8:05AM on 07/29/2013
John Williams is a masterful composer but personally I'm not that big of a fan because of the man's lack of versatility. They say you can always recognize a John Williams score. I say that's not a good thing.
Michael Giacchino and Alexandre Desplat are two of my favorite new(ish) composers because they try something new with each project.
Having said that Star Wars doesn't need an original score, it needs a good one, so Williams is indeed a great choice.
John Williams is a masterful composer but personally I'm not that big of a fan because of the man's lack of versatility. They say you can always recognize a John Williams score. I say that's not a good thing.
Michael Giacchino and Alexandre Desplat are two of my favorite new(ish) composers because they try something new with each project.
Having said that Star Wars doesn't need an original score, it needs a good one, so Williams is indeed a great choice.
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9:32AM on 07/29/2013
I can't think of a single composer who doesn't have a distinct sound throughout all their films. Hans Zimmer, Alan Silvestri, Jerry Goldsmith, etc, etc. They all did it so they're no different than John.
I can't think of a single composer who doesn't have a distinct sound throughout all their films. Hans Zimmer, Alan Silvestri, Jerry Goldsmith, etc, etc. They all did it so they're no different than John.
11:46AM on 07/29/2013
Lack of versatility and having a distinct sound are not the same thing. Of course everyone has his own style that he/she adheres to most of the time, but that's not what I said.
Lack of versatility and having a distinct sound are not the same thing. Of course everyone has his own style that he/she adheres to most of the time, but that's not what I said.
1:13PM on 07/29/2013
They who? Can you always recognize a John Williams score? Or are we all so familiar with his work that we assume it's his score? Whenever we hear something which sounds as masterful, first thought is 'it must John Williams'. Ever listen to Fiddler on the Roof, Memories of a Geisha, Munich, Rosewood, The Poseidon Adventure, JFK, Home Alone, or Sabrina for a little variety? Williams has proven over the course of his successful career that he can overcome becoming a composer who composes the same
They who? Can you always recognize a John Williams score? Or are we all so familiar with his work that we assume it's his score? Whenever we hear something which sounds as masterful, first thought is 'it must John Williams'. Ever listen to Fiddler on the Roof, Memories of a Geisha, Munich, Rosewood, The Poseidon Adventure, JFK, Home Alone, or Sabrina for a little variety? Williams has proven over the course of his successful career that he can overcome becoming a composer who composes the same score over and over. I love that fact that with most of his soundtracks are whole themes which he scores for not only the main character but for side kicks, most of music doesn't even make the final film score. Michael Giacchino and Alexandre Desplat are not even halfway as far into their careers as Williams is, and both have done film's in light of William's style. Giacchino with Super 8, and Desplat with Deathly Hallows Part 1 and 2. Both are great, but they study John Williams, and so will generations of future film composers to come.
7:54AM on 07/29/2013
John WIlliams is the greatest living film composer. Most directors outside Spielberg would be honored to have the opportunity to work with him.
John WIlliams is the greatest living film composer. Most directors outside Spielberg would be honored to have the opportunity to work with him.
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7:52AM on 07/29/2013
There was only one man for the job.
There was only one man for the job.
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