It’s fair to say that a Star Wars film without a John Williams score is no longer a Star Wars film. Fortunately, we’ve never had to confront this quandary. But there’s a chance that this is something we’ll all have to deal with in the very near future, as the composer recently admitted that, after working on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, he told producers that he “wasn’t sure if [he] wanted to do the next one.”
Making Star Wars alleged that John Williams made these comments while at a recent event in Philadelphia. However, while Williams has admitted that he isn’t sure if he wants to score Star Wars 8, he has also made it perfectly clear that he doesn’t want anyone else to do so, either.
John Williams’ full quote at the event was, “I told the producers I wasn’t sure if I wanted to do the next one, but told them I didn’t want anyone else doing it either.” Just imagine being the poor individual who has to try and replace and eclipse the work of John Williams on the Star Wars franchise.
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We can expect a concrete answer regarding John Williams’ potential involvement on Star Wars: Episode VIII in the very near future, as production on The Force Awakens sequel is well underway ahead of its release on December 15, 2017.
Once it’s complete, writer and director Rian Johnson will then work in tandem, hopefully, with John Williams to add the score and music to the blockbuster. This is a job that John Williams has done rather well throughout the franchise, having scored all seven Star Wars films to date.
In fact, his work on Star Wars has seen him win the Best Original Score Academy Award, for 1977’s A New Hope, an accolade that he also secured for 1971’s Fiddler On The Roof, Jaws, E.T: The Extra-Terrestrial, and Schindler’s List. He’s also secured 45 other Academy Award nominations throughout his career, too.
Meanwhile, John Williams also has a guess about who exactly Rey’s father is in the Star Wars universe. According to Indie Revolver, John Williams shared his prediction over Rey’s parentage after performing at the Boston Pops on Thursday night, as he remarked, “I never asked J.J. Abrams who Rey’s father is, but I think it’s Luke Skywalker. Your guess is as good as mine, though.”
It’s been widely speculated that Luke Skywalker is actually Rey’s father, after it was revealed in Star Wars: The Force Awakens that she shares the same Jedi ability of Mark Hamill’s character. It’s also been suggested that Rey’s mother could be Jyn Erso, the lead character in Rogue One who will be portrayed by Felicity Jones.
Of course, at the moment, we’re still none-the-wiser of who is either Rey’s mother or father, and more will hopefully be revealed in Star Wars: Episode VIII when it’s released toward the end of 2017.
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John Boyega, who made his debut in the Star Wars universe as Finn in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, recently spoke to Variety, via SMH, about Episode 8. Obviously, Boyega didn’t go into specifics, but he insisted that Rian Johnson’s addition to the franchise is a worthy addition to the series, and is even more ambitious than Force Awakens.
“Rian Johnson is great,” John Boyega admitted. “It’s a different take, darker, bigger. Someone will say, ‘How do you get bigger than Force Awakens?’ But it’s crazy.” Boyega also dismissed any potential romance between his character and Rey, insisting that they’re just friends.
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