Williams declared that he has already been in talks with Abrams, stating, “We’ve certainly talked about that, and I’m happy and willing to do it. J.J. Abrams, who will be the director, seems excited about the idea. I have to say that J.J. is a much younger man than I, but I will try to keep up with him as much as I can.”
The composer then added, “We now have the benefit of all this computer simulation and technical work that wasn’t even possible 20 or 25 years ago,” continued Williams when asked about the new film in general.
Williams also noted, “I don’t know how hands-on George Lucas will be — I suspect he will be to some degree — but I can only imagine how excited he must be, to have a director like J.J. have all these tools at his fingertips to produce something even more adventurous technologically. I can’t wait to see what he will do with it.”
Previously Abrams had talked about Williams’ return, confronting rumors that Michael Giacchino might be replacing him, stating, “Michael Giacchino is an incredible composer, who I was lucky enough to begin working with on Alias. He’s truly one of the most influential members of our crew, and I think this score, he really outdid himself.”
He then added, “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.”
Williams has previously worked on Schindler’s List, Jaws, Superman, Saving Private Ryan, Jurassic Park, the Indiana Jones films, Lincoln, and E.T. The Extraterrestrial.
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